About Salmonella Food Poisoning

Salmonella is a bacterium capable of causing a serious and sometimes life-threatening infection known as salmonellosis. One of the most common foodborne illnesses, it can occur when food contaminated by Salmonella is consumed.

According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are an estimated 1.2 million cases in the U.S. each year, with approximately 400 of those cases resulting in death.* The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to suffer severe illness or Salmonella Complications.

Salmonella Transmission

Salmonella live in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals, including birds, lizards, and turtles. The infection is usually transmitted to humans through the consumption of foods or beverages contaminated with animal feces. The unwashed hands of an infected food handler may also contaminate food.

Foods Associated with Salmonella Food Poisoning – A wide variety of foods have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella including beef, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, peanuts, and spices. For example, recent multistate Salmonella food poisoning outbreaks have been linked chicken, beef, sprouts, cantaloupes, tomatoes, peanut butter, spices, sushi, and eggs, or by contact with infected animals and contaminated pet foods.

Cross ContaminationSalmonella food poisoning can also occur as a result of cross-contamination. For example, juices from raw meat or poultry left behind on a cutting board can contaminate fruit or vegetables if the board is not properly washed before their preparation.

Pet Related Salmonella Transmission – Pets, and contaminated dry pet foods or pet treats can also serve as a source of human Salmonella infection. Pets may appear healthy but can carry the bacteria and pass it on to their human owners. Small pets including baby chicks, turtles, lizards, and hedgehogs have all been linked to large multistate Salmonella outbreaks in the U.S. The CDC sponsored web pages Tips for Keeping People and Pets Healthy and Safe from Salmonella and Healthy Pets Healthy People provide valuable information for keeping your loved ones and pets safe. Salmonella contaminated pet foods have also been the source of large multistate salmonellosis outbreaks. Hand washing after handling pets, pet food, or cleaning up after pets can help prevent Salmonella infection.

Diagnosis of Salmonella Infection

If you suspect that you have contracted Salmonella, or are experiencing Salmonella food poisoning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm Salmonella infection. Let your doctor know if you have consumed a product known to be contaminated with Salmonella. A blood or tissue sample may be required if doctors suspect that the infection has entered the blood stream.

Salmonella Lawsuits and Food Poisoning Lawsuit Help

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Salmonella food poisoning, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free legal case evaluation by selecting Salmonella Lawsuit, or call us toll free at 877-934-6274.

*Foodborne Illness Acquired in the United States-Major Pathogens: Scallan, E.; Hoekstra, R.M.; Angulo, F.M.; Tauxe, R.V.; Widdowson, M-A; Roy, S.L.; Jones, J.L.; Griffin, P.M.: Emerging Infectious Deseases, www.cdc.gov/eid Vol. 17, No. 1, January 2011.


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