Salmonella Dangers

People use the term “food poisoning” to describe the sickness that comes after eating food contaminated with harmful bacteria. Salmonella is one such type of bacteria that is normally found in the intestinal tract of all animals, including humans, but can cause serious illness if ingested.

Food becomes contaminated with salmonella if it is improperly processed, shipped, stored, or handled.

Symptoms of Salmonella

A salmonella infection will show symptoms anywhere from two to 72 hours after consuming the contaminated food. Symptoms of salmonella include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and stomach cramps
  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting

Your body will usually be able to fight off the infection within five to seven days. If you ever become sick with salmonella poisoning, it is important to drink plenty of water in order to stay hydrated. In rare cases, the infection can enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body and the symptoms may worsen. If this occurs, it is important to seek immediate medical assistance to prevent the illness from escalating into a more serious complication.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has become seriously ill after eating at a restaurant or consuming other foods, you may have been exposed to salmonella or another food-borne pathogen. For help pursing legal action against the party responsible for your illness, contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. today at 800-763-0964.

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