Salmonella food poisoning, or salmonellosis, is an infection caused by the Salmonella bacteria in food. Salmonella food poisoning is a foodborne illness that is typically caused by undercooked meat and poultry, raw eggs, tainted fruits and vegetables, or water contaminated with live salmonella bacteria.  Additionally, some pets and other animals, such as turtles and snakes, can carry the bacteria on their skin.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Risks

According to the CDC, approximately 40,000 cases of salmonella food poisoning are reported in the United States each year.  Since many milder Salmonella cases are typically not reported, the actual number of salmonella food poisoning cases may be thirty or more times greater.  An estimated 400 people die each year from acute salmonellosis. 

Most people with salmonella food poisoning will develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours of infection.  Illness will typically last 4 to 7 days, and typically most people will recover without requiring salmonella treatment other than oral fluids.  However, some people may develop severe diarrhea from salmonella food poisoning, which can cause a person to become dangerously dehydrated, requiring hospitalization.  In the most severe salmonella food poisoning cases, the salmonella bacteria may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, thus infecting other parts of the body.  The results, if not treated promptly with antibiotics, can be deadly.  The elderly, young children, and people with impaired immune systems are most susceptible to severe infection from salmonella food poisoning.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Outbreaks

Recently, there have been a number of salmonella outbreaks, resulting in recalls of various food products.  For example, salmonella food poisoning has recently caused a peanut butter recall as well as an alfalfa sprout recall.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Lawsuit and Lawyers

If you are experiencing any salmonella symptoms, contact a doctor immediately.  For more information about salmonella food poisoning and want to bring a salmonella food poisoning lawsuit, contact our salmonella lawyers today.

Published November 17, 2011 by