salmonella is a  bacterium that occurs mainly in the intestine, especially a serotype causing food poisoning. Food poisoning caused by infection with salmonella bacterium.

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You can help prevent salmonella infections by not serving any raw meat or eggs, and by not keeping reptiles as pets, particularly if you have very young children.

Hand washing is a powerful way to guard against salmonella infections, so it's important  to teach kids to wash their hands, particularly after trips to the bathroom and before handling food in any way.

Non-Food Sources of Salmonella

Pets may carry salmonella bacteria in their intestines, so their feces are a potential concern. Certain pets, such as turtles, snakes and other reptiles, and chicks and other birds are more likely to carry it. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after coming into contact with any pet or their droppings.

Salmonella Symptoms and Treatments

Symptoms of salmonellosis include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever that develop 12 to 72 hours after eating. Most people recover in four to seven days and don't require treatment other than drinking plenty of fluids. People with severe diarrhea may require intravenous fluids. Antibiotics are not always needed in healthy people unless the salmonella infection has spread beyond the intestines. Serious -- and potentially fatal -- cases are more likely in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weak immune systems.


Salmonella infection usually isn't life-threatening. However, in certain people — especially infants and young children, older adults, transplant recipients, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems — the development of complications can be dangerous.

A young girl left severely brain-damaged from salmonella poisoning after eating a KFC chicken twister is in danger of losing her $8million award after lawyers appealed today.

Sydney girl Monika Samaan, who is now 14, became so ill seven years ago she could not speak and will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.


  • Cook foods to a safe internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to make sure foods are cooked to a safe temperature.

Outbreaks of Salmonella enteritidis Infections in the United States.

Taking plenty of fluids is essential to replace fluid lost by diarrhea to prevent dehydration. People with severe illness or who are unable to take oral liquids may need intravenous fluids. People with severe illness, those at high risk for complications (such as the elderly or infants), or those with decreased immune function may require treatment with antibiotics.

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