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What Does Salmonella Need To Thrive
Salmonella: Salmonella can be easily passed via contaminated food. Salmonella may be found in the feces of infected organisms. It cab be in raw poultry & meat as well as raw eggs and seafood. Some fruits & vegetables may also have salmonella contamination. Touching infected reptiles & birds can also lead to infection.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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