Salmonella

Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States.

Salmonella is a genus of rod-shaped, Gram-negative bacteria.

Symptoms of Salmonella are fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.

The incubation period is 12-72 hours.

The duration of illness is usually 4 to 7 days.

To prevent getting salmonella, avoid eating raw or lightly cooked eggs, undercooked ground beef or poultry, and unpasteurized milk. Keep food properly refrigerated before cooking.

You can get salmonella from contaminated eggs, poultry, meat, unpasteurized milk or juice, cheese, contaminated raw fruits and vegetables, spices and nuts. You can also get salmonella from animals such as snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, and birds.

Salmonella can be a very serious illness. It is important to follow the food safety tips to prevent getting salmonella.

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