Salmonella is a type of bacteria that resides in the intestines of animals. Animal feces contain salmonella because the feces pass through the animals' intestines. Salmonella can be a problem for humans when it infects their foods. Usually, foods are infected when animals release feces in or near them, or when foods are not cooked properly. Also, meat mixed with intestines can have salmonella.
Salmonella can lead to a variety of health problems. One is salmonellosis, a disease with symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea, which can develop anytime from one to ten days after consuming the food but usually develop three to four days after. These symptoms usually last from half a day to three days and then go away. There are 1.4 million cases of salmonellosis every year.
In some cases, salmonellosis can later lead to typhoid fever. This happens when the salmonella gets into people's blood stream or begins to grow in people's organs. The ultimate symptom of this is death, though other symptoms can also develop, like organ inflammation, high fevers, and sweating.
To prevent salmonella infection, a number of steps can be taken. A simple one is to wash hands with soap and warm water after going to the bathroom. Another step that can be taken is cooking foods at high temperatures to kill the salmonella bacteria, and washing foods thoroughly as well.
If you have eaten food that you think was contaminated with salmonella and gave you salmonellosis, you may be able to claim damages. Contact the Appleton personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-282-2874.