This is what salmonella looks like.

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

Older adults, pregnant women, infants, and a person with chronic illness are the people who are at risk to get salmonella.

Eating contaminated eggs, poultry, meat, unpasteurized milk or juice, cheese, contaminated raw fruits and vegetables, spices and nuts can give you salmonella.

72 hours is the maximum salmonella can last.

Incubation period of salmonella can last 12-72 hours or 4-7 days.

Diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain and vomiting are symptoms of salmonella.

Picture of salmonella.

Salmonella maybe so severe that it may be necessary to go to the hospital. A small number of people may also develop Reiter's syndrome. Reiter's Syndrome is a disease that can last for months or years and it can lead to chronic arthritis.

Picture of someone washing their hands.

There are ways salmonella can be prevented. Some of these ways are avoid eating high risk foods, keep food refrigerated before cooking, clean hands with warm soap and water before cooking food and make sure all of your utensils are clean, separate raw food from cooked food, cook foods at a safe temperature and chill food whenever you are done serving.

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