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Stomach infection - Salmonellosis


Salmonellosis is a type of poisoning caused by the salmonella enterica bacterium. It is more common in summer than in the winter.

Symptoms

Include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting.

Method of spread

a) Spread by eating contaminated food, under cooked food.
b) May also spread by pet like turtles, chicks ,ducklings or fecal oral transmissions.
c) A frequent cause is a food handler who does not wash their hands after using the bathroom.

Incubation period

(the period between the initial infection and the appearance of symptoms)
6-72 hours from date of contact.

Communicable period

(the time during which an infectious agent may be transferred directly or indirectly)
Throughout the course of infection.

What to do

a) Control fever.
b) Takes lots of fluids.
c) Consult with physician.

Control & prevention

a) Proper food handling and storage can help to reduce the risk.
b) Educate food handlers.
c) Thoroughly cook all food from animal sources.
d) Refrigerate prepared foods.