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Can salmonella contaminate your garbage disposal?

Can salmonella contaminate your garbage disposal?

Yes: The drain, and plug of kitchen sink can get quite funky. Studies confirm high bacterial counts (comparable to a toilet) no reason to think disposal any "cleaner". Disinfect: run cold water for several minutes; pour 1- 2 cups of chlorine bleach into drain, let sit for 10m, hot water for 2m; disposal?: turn it on during flush. 2x/wk. Clean out debris daily; plug in dishwasher; liquid soap. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Salmonella (Definition)

Is a bacterium which is a cause of gastrointestinal infection presenting with fever and diarrhea for 4-7 days and is transmitted as a zoonosis, that is, directly or indirectly from an animal host such as chickens or their eggs. Only salmonella typhi is ...Read more


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Assuming the sprouts i bought is contaminated with salmonella,etc & iam not aware of it. If I were to cook in cooker for 10 mins,will they be killed?

Assuming the sprouts i bought is contaminated with salmonella,etc & iam not aware of it. If I were to cook in cooker for 10 mins,will they be killed?

Pasteurization: 1 out of 4 chickens are contaminated. When you cook them they are safe. But you don't want to handle raw chicken with bare hands and stick your finger in your mouth. You may also pasteurize food to kill off bacteria. Milk is Pasteurized by heating to 161°F for 15 seconds, or to 145° for 30 minutes. 130° for 45 minutes for eggs in the shell . ...Read more

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How long after being possibly exposed to salmonella (from spinach contaminated ) do i need to wait for symptoms to appear? Over 72h so far.

How long after being possibly exposed to salmonella (from spinach contaminated ) do i need to wait for symptoms to appear?  Over 72h so far.

12-72 hours: Hi, the average incubation period for salmonellosis is 12-36 hours and can be up to 72 hours. Rarely in presence of certain circumstances it can take longer to develop symptoms. Seeing that you are young and don't have any predisposing factors, I'd say you are in the clear. ...Read more

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Assuming the sprout i bought is contaminated with salmonella or toxigenic ecoli,etc. Will cooking sprouts kill them? Is the risk only in raw eating?

Assuming the sprout i bought is contaminated with salmonella or toxigenic ecoli,etc. Will cooking sprouts kill them? Is the risk only in raw eating?

Raw Risk: Make sure you get your sprouts from a trusted source. If sprouts are exposed to animal fertilizers or unsanitary hands, you are at risk of contracting food poisoning. Cold water washing sometimes isn't enough to wash the bacteria off and cooking is your only way to kill these bacteria. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with salmonella, will it harm my unborn child?

I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with salmonella, will it harm my unborn child?

Probably not: Especially if you don't get sick . Just because you were expose does not mean you will certainly get sick . Even if you do baby should be fine ! congratulations on your pregnancy! ...Read more

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What are the unique situations that allow salmonella to contaminate eggs?

Infected ovaries: In chickens, salmonella infection can localize to the ovaries and upper oviduct tissue and can be transmitted to the forming egg before shell deposition, resulting in contamination of the Albumin and yolk. Cooking the eggs until all liquid yolk is solidified kills the salmonella enteritidis. ...Read more

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There was a recall on chips I ate that contaminate salmonella about a week ago and sense then I have felt horibul. headache chills fever dizziness?

There was a recall on chips I ate that contaminate salmonella about a week ago and sense then I have felt horibul. headache chills fever dizziness?

Needs to be checked: You ate contamionated chips and you say these were contaminated with salmonella.You needs to be checked asap to get examined and get cultures done and appropriate treatment asap.It may be salmonella Typhi which causes Typhoid Fever or a different salmonella infection ...Read more

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What is salmonella?

Bacterial infection: Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis, diarrhea, and food poisoning. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea for 4-7 days. Usually antibiotics are not required; the infection must simply run its course. Poor kitchen hygiene and contaminated poultry are common causes. Lizards, snakes, turtles, and birds can harbor salmonella, so wash hands after handling these pets. ...Read more

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What is salmonella from?

What is salmonella from?

Mostly animals: Most strains are normal bowel flora in a variety of animals including turtles, chickens and cattle. ...Read more

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How do you get salmonella?

Contamination: Food or water contaminated by material with mostly animal excrement. ...Read more

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How does salmonella spread?

Salmonella : Salmonella is usually spread by eating food which is contaminated by the feces of other animals. They can be any kind of food, but usually meat, milk, or eggs are the most common culprits. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What does salmonella eat ?

Food: Salmonella does not have any specific nutrient requirements; it will "eat" the same nutrients that any other bacteria does. ...Read more

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Can birds give you salmonella?

Salmonella/bird: Chicken and some birds like quil can casue salmonella. ...Read more

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How does salmonella reproduce?

By binary fission: In binary fission the bacteria produces 2 genetically identical daughter cells . ...Read more

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Where does salmonella come from?

Where does salmonella come from?

Food of animal origi: The principal reservoirs for salmonella include poultry, livestock, reptiles, and pets. Therefore, the major vehicle of transmission is food of animal origin, such as poultry, beef, eggs, and dairy products. Contact with infected reptile, e.g., pet turtle, is another mode of transmission. ...Read more

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What is the cause of salmonella?

Salmonella bacteria: Salmonella is a bacteria. In the United States, it is the most common cause of foodborne illness. Salmonella occurs in raw poultry, eggs, beef, and sometimes on unwashed fruit and vegetables. About 40, 000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in the United States annually. ...Read more

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How to be careful of salmonella?

Prevention: Wash hands before food prep & after bathroom use. Don’t eat anything containing raw eggs. Cook poultry to 165 F, Pork or bee to 160 F, Eggs to 160 F. No unpasteurized milk. Wash hands after touching birds, reptiles, amphibians or animal feces. ...Read more

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What are some salmonella symptoms?

Salmonella: Possible salmonella symptoms include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), musculoskeletal aches ; pains, fever, chills ; headaches. If salmonella enters the blood stream it can cause endocarditis (infection involving heart), osteomyelistis (bone infection) ; infection of brain/ spinal cord (meningitis). Salmonella can sometimes be fatal. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have salmonella?

Stool culture: Symptoms include fever, chills, diarrhea, perhaps nausea and vomiting. Diarrhea may be bloody. Stool culture is required to make the diagnosis. In most cases it will resolve on its own and no treatment is necessary. Young children and the chronically ill should be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more