Salmonella is a set of bacteria that lives in the intestines of humans and other animals. Although it poses no problems when it is in the intestines, it can also contaminate food. When people eat contaminated food, there can be serious health effects. Specifically, people can develop a salmonella infection, called salmonellosis.
Symptoms of salmonellosis include:
Symptoms begin 8 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food and last 4 to 7 days. When the salmonella infection spreads into an individual’s bloodstream, salmonellosis can become much more serious and lead to a person’s death.
People acquire salmonellosis when they eat foods contaminated with feces. Usually, people acquire salmonellosis by eating animal-derived products; however, almost any type of food can be contaminated, including fruits and vegetables. Moreover, food can become contaminated when an individual does not wash her hands after going to the bathroom or after touching an animal, and then handles food.
The number of annually reported cases is about 40,000. Moreover, infections increase in the summer, when more foods spoil because of the heat. While most salmonellosis cases do not result in death, there about 400 salmonellosis deaths every year.
People who make foods for other people, such as restaurants and factories, have a responsibility that the foods they provide are free of all dangerous bacteria, including salmonella. If you feel that you have eaten contaminated food because of someone else’s negligence, contact the Green Bay food poisoning lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.