Salmonella is bacteria found in raw foods, raw eggs, undercooked meats and poultry, and even on fruits and vegetables, and it can survive for months in water, ice, sewage and frozen meats. Bacteria from the contaminated foods also can be transferred to and from utensils, cutting boards and other kitchen surfaces.
To learn about the latest active salmonella outbreaks in the food supply, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
People with a salmonella infection can develop symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains and diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours. Other symptoms might include:
The best way to avoid a salmonella infection is to wash foods before eating, cook meat and eggs thoroughly, and wash your hands frequently.
Salmonella poisoning usually resolves in five to seven days, and the best treatment often is drinking fluids. If you have severe diarrhea, you might need rehydration with intravenous fluids.
Children, elderly and those with weak immune systems are the most at risk for severe infections.
If you suspect you’ve eaten contaminated food, seek medical attention.
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