Salmonella food poisoning, also known as Salmonellosis, is one of the most commonly reported causes of foodborne illness each year in the United States. Signs and symptoms of Salmonellosis include include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, chills, headache, nausea and vomiting. Sadly, those most prone to contracting Salmonella food poisoning include children, the elderly, and those people with chronic diseases or weakened immune systems.
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Salmonella food poisoning is typically contracted through the consumption of contaminated food or water. Poultry and poultry-derived products are the most commonly reported food source associated with Salmonella food poisoning. However, the illness can also be passed by handling pet lizards, turtles, iguanas, or snakes. If conditions and food preparation equipment are unsanitary, nearly any food can become contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
There are several varieties (serotypes) of Salmonella that have the potential to cause an outbreak. The strains most commonly reported in the United States are Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Enteritidis. Other, less common strains have caused occasional outbreaks, as with the 2007 peanut butter recall that was found to have been caused by the rare strain Salmonella Tennessee.
Signs & Symptoms of Salmonella Food Poisoning
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), salmonellosis causes an estimated 1.4 million cases of foodborne illness and more than 400 deaths each year in the United States alone. Although in certain individuals salmonellosis may be asymptomatic, most people experience some or all of the following symptoms within eight to 72 hours after contaminated food is consumed:
- diarrhea (which may be bloody)
- abdominal cramps
For most healthy adults, these symptoms usually pass within a few days to a week. However, in some cases, severe illness can persist for extended periods of time and lead to more serious health complications. Those most susceptible to serious side effects include infants, the elderly, and those those with immune-weakening conditions such as HIV, AIDS and diabetes.
In serious cases, complications from Salmonella food poisoning may require emergency hospitalization. If Salmonellosis goes untreated and enters the bloodstream, it may result in severe liver damage and even death. Untreated Salmonella poisoning often leads to Reiter’s syndrome, a chronic condition whose symptoms include painful joints, irritated eyes and painful urination. Typhoid fever is another adverse complication that can result from Salmonellosis. Although fairly rare in the United States, this disease (which is caused by the Salmonella Typhi strain) can be fatal if left untreated.
Since Salmonella food poisoning has no known cure, physicians can only treat the symptoms. Treatment is usually aimed at replacing the fluids lost to diarrhea. Patients who are unable to ingest fluids orally will be given intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration. Antidiarrheal medications are typically avoided, as they have been known to prolong the length of the illness. Fever and muscle aches are generally treated with ibuprofen or acetaminophen. In severe cases, antibiotics may be required. Salmonellosis usually runs its course within a week or less.
Salmonella Food Poisoning Prevention
Under normal circumstances, Salmonella contamination can be avoided with cleanly behavior – hand washing with soap and hot water is a quick and easy way to prevent infection. You can also greatly reduce your chances of being exposed to Salmonella bacteria by using filtered drinking water, washing produce thoroughly, and not consuming undercooked foods such as eggs or meat.
Salmonella food poisoning recalls due to contamination and negligence have been on the rise in the United States over the past several years. But food poisoning doesn’t have to make national headlines to cause serious problems – smaller-scale issues like improper food storage by a local retailer or mishandling at a restaurant can be equally devastating, and can affect you directly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the number of laboratory-confirmed bacterial and parasitic infections has more than doubled over the past decade. In reality, the number of reported cases represent but a small fraction of the actual number of unsuspecting victims who are harmed due to unsafe processing techniques, insufficient oversight, and plain ignorance.
If you’ve been treated or hospitalized for Salmonella food poisoning, of if a family member has died as a result, know that the lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP are here to help. The complications of food poisoning are often in addition to the lost wages, unmanageable medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, as well as the pain and suffering you’ve endured. In such stressful circumstances, make sure someone is working to protect you.
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The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Salmonella lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Salmonella food poisoning lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Salmonella Food Poisoning Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Salmonella food poisoning, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.