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can i get salmonella poisoning from a turtle bite?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Yes-certainly!: Salmonella infections occur by coming in contact with turtles or other reptiles, amphibians, and its surroundings. Salmonella can cause a serious or even life-threatening infection in people, even though the bacteria do not make reptiles or amphibians sick.- in 2007, a 4wk-old baby died in fl, from salmonella in which the salmonella from the turtle and they boy, matched.

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If I eat fish, can the baby get mercury poisoning?

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Dr. Paul Trani
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: There have been numerous studies in the medical literature trying to establish a relationship between mercury consumed in fish by breast feeding mothers and poor intellectual outcomes in breast-fed children and to date, there is no association. The problem isn't going anywhere however, and future studies may show an association. For now, though, the answer is no.
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What are salmonella poisoning symptoms?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Salmonellosis: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache and fever. Salmonella typhoid ( typhoid fever) causes bradycardia. With this maybe dehydration, general weakness.
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What are the unique situations that allow salmonella to contaminate eggs?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Hens have salmonella: When hens have salmonella, the bacteria gets in the eggs. People can eat the eggs safely if they cook them well, and if they use good kitchen hygiene. Good food-preparation hygiene means not touching "raw" foods and then touching "cooked or prepared/served" with one's hands or utensils (must wash hands or utensils in between touching the "raw" and the "cooked").
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for salmonella poisoning?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Oral hydration: Salmonella typhi (typhoid fever) is transmitted by drinking or eating contaminated water or food. High fever, headache, abdominal pain and rash are possible symptoms. Oral hydration is the mainstay of treatment, although IV hydration may be needed in serious cases; oral antibiotics may also be recommended. Anti-diarrheal meds are usually not recommended.
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Besides washing and cooking food thoroughly, are there any other ways to avoid salmonella?

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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 23 years experience
Wash your hands: Salmonella is foodborne. Avoid raw eggs (cookie dough, cake batter, homemade ice cream, egg nog), wash your hands before and after going to the bathroom, before and after preparing food (especially raw meats), before and after eating, any time you touch reptiles and birds or clean up animal feces, and any time you change someone's diaper.

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