With summer comes grilling, cooking fresh food outside, and sometimes the mishandling of food, which can lead to salmonella. Salmonella is a food borne illness causing approximately one million people to get sick per year, including 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
Salmonella is a bacteria ma. It was discovered by an American scientist named Dr. Salmon, and has been known to cause illness for over 125 years.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most individuals recover without treatment. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites. In these cases, Salmonella can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
Think you may have salmonella? Contact your doctor right away.Tags: food borne illness, food prep, food preperation, raw food, Salmonella