Salmonellosis – United States

Salmonella outbreak in Illinois restaurant linked to El Sombrero, 314 Lincoln Ave, Fox River Grove.

Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chills, fever and/or blood in stool. Symptoms are typically present after 6 hours to 6 days after infection and last from 4-7 days with most people recovering on their own in 3 to 5 days. However, difficulties can arise in children, elderly people, and those with comprised immune systems.

The business has voluntarily closed and is cooperating with local health officials during the investigation. Whoever ate their food from August 23 to September 3, regardless whether or not symptoms are present, have been requested to a complete a survey to assist local health officials (MCDH) in collecting data for their investigation.

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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