Bacterial infection can also spread from person-to-person.
Signs & symptoms include:
watery or bloody diarrhea
loss of appetite
Medications are available to treat the most debilitating symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. Antibiotics may also be prescribed for particularly severe infections.
the most common food related illnesses is caused by salmonella
bacteria. According to the Center
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1.4 million cases
of salmonella poisoning occur in the United States each year.
food poisoning occurs when a person consumes food or beverages
that are contaminated with salmonella bacteria.
the bacteria enters the body through ingestion of tainted
beef, poultry, eggs, or fish. Fruits and vegetables can also
become infected through cross contamination, or when they
are placed on the same surface as contaminated foods.
to prevent salmonella poisoning
food poisoning can be prevented through proper hygiene and
handling of food. Experts advise that hand washing during
and after preparing meal - along with thorough cleaning of
cooking utensils and kitchen work spaces to prevent cross
contamination - are simple ways to avoid contracting the illness.
with the dangers associated with food, pet owners are also
warned to wash their hands after handling of turtles, snakes
and other reptiles, which are also known to carry the bacteria.
& complications of salmonella poisoning
of salmonella food poisoning usually occur within 12 to 72
hours of infection. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps,
fever, headache, muscle aches and chills.
resolves in 4 to 7 days and may not require treatment. Recovery
is normally complete without any adverse lasting effects.
If severe dehydration occurs hospitalization may be required
to administer intravenous fluids. Severe dehydration is more
likely to occur in young children and the elderly.
of salmonella poisoning that may occur is Reiter's
syndrome, also known as reactive arthritis. Reiter's syndrome
is actually a group of disorders that cause inflammation throughout
the body. It can lead to chronic arthritis.
The condition can be treated with medication such as anti-inflammatory
drugs to relieve symptoms.
the dangers of developing severe symptoms or conditions associated
with salmonella food poisoning, anyone who suspects they have
eaten contaminated food should seek medical attention promptly.
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