Spreads thru food-borne illnesses

Where it comes from.

Salmonella comes from contaminated eggs, poultry, meat, unpasteurized milk or juice, cheese, contaminated raw fruits and vegetables, spices, and nuts. The symptoms are: diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, and vomiting. If you do get it, drink plenty of fluids like water. If you can't drink enough fluids call your doctor. Antibiotics may be necessary if the infection spreads.


How to prevent it.

Avoid eating high-risk foods, including raw or lightly cooked eggs, under cooked ground beef or poultry, and unpasteurized milk. Keep food properly refrigerated before cooking. Clean hands with soap and warm water before handling food. Clean surfaces before preparing food on them. Separate cooked foods from ready-to-eat foods. Do not use utensils on cooked foods that were previously used on raw foods and do not place cooked foods on plates where raw foods once were unless it has been cleaned thoroughly. Cook foods to a safe internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to make sure foods are cooked to a safe temperature. Chill foods promptly after serving and when transporting from one place to another. Wash your hand after contact with animals, their food or treats, or their living environment.

Who is most likely to get it.

Older adults, infants, and those who have impaired immune systems are at highest risk.