Salmonellosis – Venezuela

Two people died while more than 500 were diagnosed positive for salmonellosis infection.
Lack of maintenance and management of water repair services and solid waste disposal was considered as major reasons for the outbreak.
Salmonellosis is caused by Salmonella typhi or paratyphi and causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, and blood in stools.
The regional authority reported that a water sample will be carried out to check the presence of bacteria.
Water purification tablets in the affected areas, medical treatment will be sought to prevent further infections. Authorities continue to monitor the conditions and treat tank trucks and drinking water distributors to contain the spread.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.

Follow us

While you are here, help us with

Access to Essential Drugs

One third of children, women and men have no access to essential medicines, putting lives at risk. Hospitals frequently run out of medicines and other essential supplies. Our Med-Aid program connects hospitals with aid and ensures that they receive exactly what they need.

Access to Diagnostics

Much of today’s innovation is either not reaching or not suitable for people in developing countries.

Data to Improve Health

Faster and reactive systems to help provide lifesaving support to vulnerable communities.

Support our work. It only takes a minute but makes a world of difference!

With your help we can bring modern diagnostics and essential medicines to people in need, track disease outbreaks better and help prevent future pandemics.