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Posted in Our Blog on June 2, 2021
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates Salmonella bacteria cause about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the United States every year. Recently, a possible Salmonella outbreak in North Branch, Minnesota was linked with Mexican-themed restaurant Don Julio. There is not currently any specific information regarding this new outbreak. The investigation in to the matter by the Minnesota Department of Health is ongoing in this Don Julio Mexican Salmonella Outbreak.
Food is the source for most Salmonella outbreaks each year. The bacteria, first discovered in 1885 by American Scientist, Dr. Daniel E. Salmon, naturally live in the intestines of both animals and people. However, after ingesting food or water contaminated with the bacteria, or coming in to contact with infected animals, their food, feces, or environment, people can become sick. Wash your hands people!
Symptoms usually begin six hours to six days after infection and last anywhere from four to seven days. However, some people do not develop symptoms for several weeks after infection and others experience symptoms lasting for several weeks. Most commonly people with Salmonella infection experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Some may also experience nausea, vomiting, or headache. Those infected should contact their doctor if they experience more severe symptoms such as:
Some strains of the bacteria can cause infection in urine, blood, bones, joints, or the nervous system and cause severe disease. People who are sick with a Salmonella infection should drink extra fluids to prevent dehydration as long as the diarrhea lasts. While most people recover without treatment, antibiotic treatment is recommended for:
While most people with diarrhea caused by Salmonella recover completely, some people’s bowel habits may not return to normal for a few months. Others may develop pain in their joints, called reactive arthritis, after the infection has ended. Reactive arthritis can last for months or years and can be difficult to treat. Some people with reactive arthritis also develop irritation of the eyes and pain when urinating.
How can you avoid Salmonella infection?
The CDC recommends these steps to avoid contamination:
Clean: Wash your hands and surfaces
Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate
Cook: To the right temperature
Chill: Refrigerate promptly.
Foods contaminated with Salmonella usually look and smell normal, which is why it is important to know how to prevent infection. We’ve all had enough going on lately without having to worry about getting Salmonella like those who ate at the Minnesota Mexican restaurant. By keeping track of food safety recalls, avoiding contaminated food products, and following the simple food safety guidelines above, you can help to prevent illness of yourself, as well as your friends and loved ones.
By: Michelle Galadik