Salmonella is a type of bacteria that commonly causes foodborne diseases, sometimes called “food poisoning.” the CDC estimates that Salmonella causes 1 million foodborne illnesses every year in the USA.In the past few years, outbreaks of Salmonella illness have been traced to contaminated cucumbers, chicken, eggs,raw tuna,and many other foods especially when not well cooked.
Five Facts That May Surprise You
Don’t let Salmonella make you or your loved ones or family Member sick. Learn these five facts – and tips for lowering your chance of getting a Salmonella infection.
Do I have a Salmonella infection?
Contact your healthcare provider if you have:
1.Diarrhea and a fever over 38.6°c.
2.Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving.
4.Prolonged vomiting that prevents you from keeping liquids down.
Signs of dehydration, such as:
-Making very little urine.
-Dry mouth and throat.
-Dizziness when standing up.
1.You can get a Salmonella infection from a variety of foods. Salmonella can be found in many foods including beef, chicken, eggs, fruits, pork, sprouts, vegetables, and even processed foods. When you eat a food that is contaminated with Salmonella, it can make you sick. Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal, which is why it is important to know how to prevent Salmonella infection.
2.Salmonella illness is more common in hot wheather. Hot weather and unrefrigerated foods create ideal conditions for Salmonella to grow. Be sure to refrigerate or freeze perishables (foods likely to spoil or go bad quickly), prepared foods, and leftovers within 2 hours. Chill them within 1 hour if the temperature is 32.2°c or hotter.
3. Salmonella illness can be serious and is more dangerous for certain people. Symptoms of infection usually appear 6–48 hours after eating a contaminated food, but can take much longer. These symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. In most cases, illness lasts 4–7 days and people recover without antibiotic treatment. Some people may have severe diarrhea and need to be hospitalized. Anyone can get a Salmonella infection, but some groups are more likely to develop a serious illness: older adults, children younger than 5, and people with immune systems weakened from medical conditions, such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease, and cancer or their treatment.
4. Salmonella causes far more illnesses than you might suspect. For every one case of Salmonella illness confirmed by laboratory tests, there are about 30 more cases of Salmonella illnesses that are not. Most people who get food poisoning usually do not go to the doctor or submit a sample to a laboratory, so we never learn what germ made them sick.
5. Salmonella can contaminate eggs, even perfectly normal-looking ones. But these eggs can make you sick, especially if they are raw or lightly cooked. Eggs are safe when you cook and handle them properly.