Salmonella Enteritidis Infection
What is salmonella enteritidis infection?
Egg-associated salmonellosis is an important public health problem in the
United States and several European countries. A bacterium, Salmonella
enteritidis, can be inside perfectly normal-appearing eggs, and if the eggs are
eaten raw or undercooked, the bacterium can cause illness. During the 1980s,
illness related to contaminated eggs occurred most frequently in the
northeastern United States, but now illness caused by S. enteritidis is
increasing in other parts of the country as well. Consumers should be aware of
the disease and learn how to minimize the chances of becoming ill.
A person infected with the Salmonella enteritidis bacterium usually has
fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea beginning 12 to 72 hours after consuming a
contaminated food or beverage. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most
persons recover without antibiotic treatment. However, the diarrhea can be
severe, and the person may be ill enough to require hospitalization.
The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems may have a more
severe illness. In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines
to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the
person is treated promptly with antibiotics.