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Salmonella Poisoning

Salmonella Poisoning?

The symptoms of the foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include high fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. In persons with poor underlying health or an individual with a weakened immune system, Salmonella can cause life-threatening infections. Most of all persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours after infection. The salmonella illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most individuals recover without any or little medical treatment. However, some persons will experience severe diarrhea, that can be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Some elderly, some infants, and those with impaired immune systems can suffer severe illnesses or death.

Salmonella Infections?

A salmonella infection is a diarrheal infection caused by the bacteria Salmonella. A Salmonella germ is actually a group of bacteria that can cause diarrheal in humans. There are many different kinds of Salmonella bacteria, known to man. Salmonella can transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Contaminated foods are usually animal in origin, such as beef, poultry, milk, and/or eggs. However, all foods, including vegetables including tomotoes, nuts and even peanut butter, can become contaminated when exposed to rat or bird droppings.

Symptoms of Salmonella Infections?

The following are common symptoms of an Salmonella Infections. Please note that each individual exposed may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms will include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection and dehydration. The symptoms of Salmonella infections resemble other medical conditions and other medical problems. Always, alway, always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

Salmonella Diagnosed?

There are many different known illnesses that have symptoms that are very similar to Salmonella infections. Ones own diagnosis will depend on laboratory tests that identify Salmonella in the stool of the inflected.

Causes and Symptoms

Symptoms of food poisoning occur because foodborne bacteria release toxins as a byproduct of their growth in one's body. These toxins except those toxins from C. Botulinum will cause inflammation and swelling of stomach, small intestine and large intestine. The result is abdominal muscle cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and dehydration. One's severity of symptoms will depend on the type of bacteria, the amount consumed, and the individual's health and one's sensitivity to the bacterial toxin.


The CDC estimates that approximately 1.4 million cases of Salmonella contamination occur each and every year in the United States, with about 40,000 being confirmed by the CDC. Salmonella is found in the egg yolk of infected chickens, in raw or undercooked poultry, meats, dairy, fish, vegitables and seafoods. And where the bacteria enters thru rat or bird droppings. The CDC estimates that 1 out of 50 are exposed to contaminated egg yolks each year. However, cooking will kill the bacteria and makes the food safe. Salmonella is found in the feces of reptiles, turtles, lizards, snakes, rats and birds.

Salmonella poisoning manifests itself as salmonellosis and is caused by Salmonella enteritidis and/or Salmonella typhimurium. The incidence of salmonellosis has increased during the last 20 years. The CDC estimates that over 500 fatalities per year in the United States occur. Salmonella is a bacterium. There are two species within the genus: S. bongori and S. enterica, which is divided into six subspecies:

  1. Enterica
  2. Salamae
  3. Arizonae
  4. Diarizonae
  5. Houtenae
  6. Obsolete (now designated S. bongori)
  7. Indica

There are also numerous (over 2500) within both species, which are found in a disparate variety of environments and which are associated with many different diseases. The vast majority of isolates (>99.5%) are subspecies S. enterica. For simplicity, the CDC recommend that Salmonella species be referred to only by their genus e.g.,Salmonella typhi Instead of the technical designation: Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Typhi.


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