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What is Salmonella?

salmonelleDue to the recent Salmonella outbreak that caused eggs recalls throughout nine states, many may wonder… what is it? Where does it come from? How do I avoid getting sick from it? If you are unsure of what Salmonella is, keep reading! You will find this blog helpful.

Salmonella is a bacteria that causes the most cases of food poisoning in the United States. Its source is from contaminated foods or certain animals and their environments.

What are common food Sources of Salmonella?
When someone thinks of food sources, chicken or contaminated eggs may come to mind. Those are definitely potential sources of Salmonella, but some others include meat, unpasteurized milk, juice, cheese, contaminated raw fruits and veggies such as melons, sprouts, and even nuts.

How to Help Prevent Salmonella?
One can help prevent the spread of Salmonella by practicing healthy behaviors. It’s important make sure to clean surfaces before and after cooking, wash your hands with warm soapy water before and after handling foods, and after touching animals. To avoid cross contamination, be sure to use separate cooking utensils and dishes while cooking. It’s also important to make sure certain foods are cooked all the way such as eggs and chicken. Lastly, be sure to refrigerate foods properly.

What are the signs of being infected with Salmonella?
Someone who has been infected will have symptoms such as an upset stomach, diarrhea, fever, and cramps. The symptoms can last an average of 4-7 days.

What do you do if you believe you are infected?
Be sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, and rest, rest, rest! It’s important to replenish the fluids lost during the time of sickness. One should seek medical attention when if they experience a high fever, bloody stools, diarrhea lasting more than 3 days, struggling to hold down liquids, or signs of dehydration.

How HRUC Can Help
One of the specialties at HRUC is general medicine. If you are suffering from the symptoms listed above or feeling dehydrated, keep HRUC in mind. HRUC will provide exceptional care, with no appointment necessary. Walk-ins are also always welcome. Hours are extended beyond traditional business hours, Monday- Fridays from 8am-7pm and on Saturdays 10am-4pm.

For more information, visit https://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/bacteriaviruses/salmonella/index.html

2018-05-02T08:22:40+00:00May 14th, 2018|Blog|