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Salmonellosis is one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses caused by eating food contaminated with the Salmonella bacterium. It can be life-threatening to small babies, the elderly, people undergoing chemo, who are infected with HIV or have a weak immune system for other reasons. When national salmonella outbreaks occur, it can be scary, but salmonella poisoning is much more common than you may think.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Salmonella poisoning is the second most common cause of food poisoning in the U.S. It’s right behind the stomach bug, Norovirus. Approximately 1.35 million people a year are affected, and 420 die from it.
|Date||Brand Name||Product Description||# of People Affected||Case Status|
|1/31/21||Jule’s||Jule’s cashew brie (classic)||Illnesses: 7
|12/28/20||Plainville Brands, LLC||1-lb. Nature’s Promise Free from||Illnesses: 33
|6/29/20||Prima Wawona||Peaches||Illnesses: 101
|6/19/20||Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care,
El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger,
Utah Onions, and Food Lion
|Red, White, Yellow, and Sweet Yellow Onions||Illnesses: 1,127
|1/21/20||Shirakiku||Wood Ear Mushrooms (kikurage or dried fungus)||Illnesses: 55
Suspected cases of salmonella infections should be reported to your local health department, also referred to as the county or city health department. Information on how to locate and contact your local health department can be found on your state health department website.
Ask to speak to an environmental health specialist or sanitarian about a potential foodborne illness. Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them so more people do not get sick in the outbreak and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future. An outbreak is when two or more people report the same illness from consuming the same contaminated food or drink.
Salmonella infection is caused by consuming undercooked or raw poultry, meats, and dairy products. The period for incubation of this disease can range from a few hours to several days.
The common signs of Salmonella infection are:
The virus can be classified as gastroenteritis which in layman terms is stomach flu. While the symptoms of this infection don’t last more than a week, it can take a few months for the bowel movements to normalize.
Salmonella is a highly contagious infection spread by the infected person even if they don’t show any signs and symptoms of the disease. Person-to-person transmission of salmonella occurs when an infected person’s feces, unwashed from his or her hands, contaminates food during preparation or comes into direct contact with another person. Salmonella can also be acquired directly from animals such as pets, birds, fish, dogs, cats, and turtles. The FDA banned the sale of turtles smaller than 4 inches wide in 1975 to prevent the spread of salmonella.
People are far more likely to contract salmonellosis at home than in a restaurant. Be sure to always wash hands with soap and water after using the restroom and before handling foods.
If you or someone you love has suffered from Salmonella food poisoning, schedule a free consultation with a highly experienced Salmonella Lawyer today.