Salmonella Food Poisoning (Salmonellosis) (cont.)

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What is the prognosis of Salmonella food poisoning?

Most cases of salmonellosis resolve completely without long-term complications, but bowel habits may be abnormal for months. About 380 people die from salmonellosis each year in the U.S.

Is it possible to prevent Salmonella food poisoning?

There is no vaccine available to prevent Salmonella infection. However, you can take the following steps to reduce the likelihood of getting the infection:

  • Wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom.
  • Cook meats and eggs thoroughly.
  • Do not consume raw eggs or unpasteurized milk.
  • Wash hands and kitchen surfaces with soap and water after contact with raw meat or eggs.
  • Do not allow uncooked meats to come in contact with other foods in the kitchen, including utensils and work surfaces that will be used to prepare other foods.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after contact with animal feces and after all contact with reptiles, birds, and small rodents.

REFERENCES:

Klochko, Alena. "Salmonellosis." Medscape.com. Sept. 25, 2014. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/228174-overview>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Salmonella." Mar. 26, 2014. <http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/18/2014

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