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What is Salmonellosis?

  • The most common foodborne illness
  • A one-celled organism (usually Typhimurium and Enteritidis) known as salmonella
  • Common to the intestinal tracts of many warm-blooded animals, including cows and chickens; sometimes found in the feces of animals and infected humans
  • Salmonella Newport was discovered by the National Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), an interactive agency cooperative consisting of the CDC, FDA, and USDA

Typical Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Rarely, death

Most at risk

  • Young children
  • Elderly
  • Immunocompromised

How is it Spread?

  • Through food contaminated with animal feces
  • Through direct or indirect contact with infected individuals
  • Examples
  • Presence of the bacterium in the water supply
  • If an infected person does not wash his/her hands properly after using the toilet, bacteria may be passed by physical contact or by handling food
  • Cross-contamination: utensils used on uncooked foods such as meats or eggs could spread the bacteria if then used on produce to be eaten raw
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