Salmonellosis – United States
808 people have been infected with salmonella in the United States after eating contaminated onions.
The symptoms are the general Salmonella symptoms, health care providers should only be contacted if patients reach sever stages which include: diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F, diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving, bloody diarrhea, so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down.
808 cases so far, 157 patients have been hospitalized, no deaths have occurred so far.
Avoid eating onions, wash surfaces that may have been in contact with onions.
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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