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Facts about Salmonella

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Salmonella is the name of a bacteria that is the common cause of “food poisoning,” a foodborne illness. Salmonella is estimated to cause 1 million cases of illness in the United States each year.

Some facts to know about Salmonella:

  1. Salmonella exists in a variety of foods – chicken, vegetables, eggs, fruits, sprouts, beef, pork, and even processed foods can contain traces of Salmonella.
  2. Illness caused by Salmonella, while usually not serious, can be more dangerous for some groups – food poisoning can last anywhere from 4-7 days and does not require antibiotic treatment. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Those with weak immune systems are at a higher risk.
  3. For every confirmed case of Salmonella in the lab, there are about 29 unconfirmed cases –
  4. Illness caused by Salmonella occurs more in the summer – with increased incidences of leaving perishable and prepared food out of a refrigerator, illness is more likely to occur. Get all food in a refrigerator within 2 hours.
  5. Never eat raw or barely cooked eggs – cooking food at an appropriate temperature reduces the number of bacteria in the food.
  6. Remember to follow clean, separate, cook, and chill guidelines.

If you believe you fell sick due to the negligence of another person’s poor cooking habits and you missed work or incurred medical expenses, contact the attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 as soon as possible.