Salmonella is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 42,000 cases of Salmonella are reported in the United States every year.
A Salmonella infection usually occurs when a person eats food that has been contaminated with the feces of animals or humans carrying the bacteria.
Such outbreaks are usually associated with raw milk, raw or undercooked meat, poultry and eggs.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, lasting anywhere between 4 and 7 days.
The U. S. Food Safety Administration has some helpful hints on how to prevent Salmonella contamination, which includes, but is not limited to:
- Properly refrigerate all food before cooking
- Wash hands with soap and water before preparing food
- Make sure all food is cooked thoroughly and at the correct internal temperature
- Avoid foods that have a higher risk for Salmonella contamination: undercooked eggs, raw eggs, undercooked meat or poultry, or unpasteurized milk
- Remember to thoroughly clean all kitchen surfaces, especially cutting boards
- Refrigerate foods promptly after cooking
Some Salmonella infections can lead to more serious symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, body aches and severe dehydration – especially among small children and the elderly. Severe cases can lead to swelling in the eyes or urinary or reproductive organs.
While those victims who experience minor symptoms probably won’t require any type of medical treatment, those with more serious symptoms may need extensive medical treatment, including hospitalization. Seek legal help to evaluate your case, you could be entitled to compensation to help alleviate some of the financial stress.
If you suspect you or someone you love may have contracted a Salmonella infection, seek medical attention immediately. If you believe contaminated food caused your Salmonella infection, contact theSan Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney – you may be entitled to compensation for your illness.