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Salmonella bacteria are rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Salmonella, many of which are pathogenic, and can cause food poisoning, typhoid, and paratyphoid fever in humans.
Education and preventative measures are important in the assurance of staying free of this strain of bacteria.
Salmonella bacteria is transmitted primarily through the consumption of raw or undercooked meat or poultry, raw eggs, seafood which may come from a contaminated water source, and fruits or vegetables that have been watered with a contaminated water source.
Because of these factors it is often times very difficult to know for certain the cleanliness of the facilities from which the consumer receives their food; however, regardless of that fact, a look into these factors can only serve to help in the prevention of the Salmonella bacteria.
Symptoms of a person with Salmonella include one or more of the following: nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, blood in feces, diarrhea, fever, and chills.
According to "Salmonella Outbreak Strikes 26 States: How To Stay Safe" (2011), "(CBS/AP) Government investigators are still looking for the source of a salmonella outbreak that sickened 76 people and killed a Calif.
1) Most cases of Salmonella infection are similar to this outbreak, and people normally get better without hospitalization within 2 to 3 days; however there are an estimated 3,000 deaths each year from food poisoning and Salmonella bacteria is the main culprit.
A few preventative measures include but are not limited to using a separate cutting board for cutting raw meat, only buying FDA approved meat products, limiting exposure to reptiles and washing hands thoroughly after handling reptiles, never consuming raw eggs, and avoiding products which may possibly contain raw eggs, like eggnog.
There is no one hundred percent certainty in the prevention of Salmonella bacterial poisoning, but with a little knowledge and preventative measures most people can greatly reduce their chances of ever getting this illness.
The key as with most all things health related is knowledge, preparation, understanding, and awareness.
It is certainly possible for this strain of bacteria to be life threatening, especially for the elderly, young children, or those with a compromised immune system; however, most healthy teens and adults are able to fight it off within 1 to 4 days.
This should not lessen the degree of care in prevention by any means and a constant awareness of Salmonella will serve you and your guests well.
Thank you for reading, and much health to you and your loved ones.