(HealthDay News) -- Salmonella is a bacterium that's a frequent culprit in foodborne illness. While it often affectseggs and poultry, its reach can spread much wider.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these facts about the germ:
- Beef, eggs (especially raw), chicken, pork, vegetables, sprouts, fruits and frozen foods are common sources of Salmonella. But you can't smell or taste the germ.
- Illness from Salmonella occurs more frequently during summer, when food may be left in the heat.
- Some people are at a greater risk of serious complications from Salmonella. These include young children, seniors and anyone with a compromised immune system.
- Salmonella is responsible for many more illnesses than are actually reported.
-- Diana Kohnle
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