Interesting Facts on Salmonella

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Salmonella is a bacteria, of which there are over 2,000 different strains. Once a person consumes this bacteria, he develops an infection known as gastroenteritis. This bacterium is also known to enter the bloodstream through the intestines after eating something that has been infected.

Raw eggs can contain salmonella.
Raw eggs can contain salmonella. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Origin of Name

Salmonella was named after its discoverer, an American veterinary pathologist by the name of Daniel Elmer Salmon.

Causes

Salmonella is spread by coming into contact with animal feces that contain the bacteria. The salmonella bacteria can be found in the foods that you eat, including meat, poultry, milk, eggs and vegetables. The bacteria will not die unless you cook the foods thoroughly.

A woman slices raw chicken.
A woman slices raw chicken. (Image: Slawomir Fajer/iStock/Getty Images)

Numbers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 40,000 diagnosed cases of Salmonella poisoning every year in the United States.

Hand washing is important to prevent cross-contamination.
Hand washing is important to prevent cross-contamination. (Image: Gang Liu/iStock/Getty Images)

Symptoms

Some victims of salmonella poisoning may experience cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills and nausea. In severe cases, the diarrhea can be so bad that a person has to go to the hospital.

A man expieriences stomach pain from a possible salmonella poisoning.
A man expieriences stomach pain from a possible salmonella poisoning. (Image: ron sumners/iStock/Getty Images)

Duration and Treatment

Symptoms of salmonella poisoning last for 3 to 7 days. Patients who experience severe symptoms may be treated with antibiotics.

A older woman takes antibiotics for salmonella poisoning.
A older woman takes antibiotics for salmonella poisoning. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Related Disease

A type of salmonella called, “Salmonella typhi,” causes the Typhoid Fever disease.

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