Salmonella, a bacteria, is one of the most common reasons for food poisoning and food product recalls. The bacteria is killed by properly preparing cooking and pasteurizing food. It can be found in contaminated eggs, poultry, meat, unpasteurized milk or juice, cheese, raw fruits and vegetables, spices, and nuts. Per the CDC, here are the symptoms of salmonella.
- Most people develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being infected with the bacteria.
- Salmonella illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most recover without treatment.
- In some, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other areas in the body.
- Children younger than 5 years, adults older than 65 years, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe reaction to a Salmonella infection.
The CDC has estimated that Salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the U.S. each year. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the many different symptoms of salmonella infection.