Salmonellosis – Canada
20 people have been infected with Salmonellosis in Peel County, Ontario Canada. The source of infection is pork products.
Symptoms include sudden onset of diarrhea (which may be bloody), abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting.
20 infections, 3 of the 20 have been hospitalized. No deaths have been recorded so far.
Ongoing investigations are trying to identify the source of infections.
Photo: Salmonella (red) invading human cells.
Infection with salmonella in developed countries generally results in food poisoning. The organisms enter through the digestive tract and must be ingested in large numbers to cause disease in healthy adults. Between 60% to 80% of salmonella infections cases go un-diagnosed.
Risk factors for salmonella infections include a variety of foods. Meats such as chicken and pork have the possibility to be contaminated. A variety of vegetables and sprouts may also have salmonella. Lastly, a variety of processed foods such as chicken nuggets and pot pies may also contain this bacteria.
Salmonella was first visualized in 1880. The name Salmonella was not used until 1900.
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