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RegalCharm 01-08-2009 09:31 AM

Salmonella Outbreak Reported in 42 States
Health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak that reportedly has sickened nearly 400 people in 42 states, but they do not yet know exactly how the bacteria has been spreading.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had not named all the states, but Ohio health officials have reported at least 50 people in 18 counties have been sickened by salmonella bacteria since October.

In Michigan, 20 people were reportedly sickened. The state's Department of Community Health said Wednesday that seven Michigan patients required hospitalization

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

Officials said steps to protect against the illness include careful handling and preparation of raw meat and frequent hand washing.

Jehanzeb 01-08-2009 09:48 AM

What is this salmonella bacteria?

Oh God where do these people get the names from. It took me 20mins to pronounce the word and now my tongue is tired. haha :D


Dumas'_Grrrl 01-08-2009 09:50 AM

Hmmm... That's peculiar, I hope they can track down the source.

Jehanzeb 01-08-2009 09:54 AM

It wasn't me though. - the source I mean :D


RegalCharm 01-08-2009 10:02 AM


Originally Posted by Jehanzeb (Post 225092)
What is this salmonella bacteria?Regard

does "Google" come to mind. LOL...:-)

Jehanzeb 01-08-2009 11:13 AM

You meant to say this :D

What is salmonella?
Salmonella is a type of bacteria. It is usually found in poultry, eggs, unprocessed milk and in meat and water. It may also be carried by pets like turtles and birds.

What kind of infection does salmonella cause?
The salmonella bacteria attacks the stomach and intestines. In more serious cases, the bacteria may enter the lymph tracts, which carry water and protein to the blood, and the blood itself. The bacteria attack all age groups and both sexes. Children, the elderly and people who are already ill are much more likely to get a serious infection.

What are the symptoms of salmonella poisoning?

In the case of less serious infections there are fewer symptoms - usually only diarrhoea two or three times a day for a couple of days. Most mild types of salmonella infection clear up in four to seven days without requiring any treatment other than rest and plenty of liquid.

A more severe infection may cause excessive diarrhoea, stomach cramps and general health problems. In such cases, treatment with antibiotics may be necessary and a doctor should be consulted.

When is it necessary to contact a doctor?

  • If diarrhoea continues for more than 24 hours.
  • If the diarrhoea is frequent and intense.
  • If the patient has severe stomach cramps.
  • If there is blood in the faeces.
  • If the patient has fever of 38oC or higher.
  • If there are signs of jaundice - a yellowish discolouration of the skin or eyes. This may indicate problems with the liver or the bile ducts that take the bile from the liver to the stomach.
  • Dehydration.
How can salmonella infections be prevented?
  • Pay attention to cleanliness.
  • Make sure that all food is thoroughly cooked.
What are the basic rules for preparing food hygienically?

  • Always wash your hands with soap after going to the toilet and before preparing food. Dry them on a dry towel.
  • Wash your hands when you switch from preparing one type of food to another, eg vegetables to meat. This helps prevent the exchange of bacteria between different ingredients.
  • Kitchen utensils must be properly washed with soap and water before use with another type of food. Again, this stops bacteria being exchanged.
  • Use different cutting boards and knives for preparing different foods.
  • Change the dishcloth every day. Wash dishcloths in water that is at least 60oC.
  • Store food in the refrigerator. Meat, poultry and fish must not be left out of the fridge for long periods.
How should food be cooked to avoid salmonella poisoning?

The only effective way to kill salmonella bacteria is with heat. For this reason it is essential to cook food thoroughly.
  • Poultry must always be thoroughly cooked or boiled.
  • Minced meat must always be thoroughly cooked or boiled.
  • Never crack a raw egg on a bowl containing other foods - use a knife to crack the shell.
  • In most eggs, the salmonella bacteria exist only on the shell. Eggs should be scalded in boiling water for five seconds before use.
Based on a text by Christel Bech, nurse

Last updated 16.02.2005

Vidaloco 01-08-2009 11:53 AM

^^ :lol: looks like you have that google thing figured out
They used to sell little turtles in pet shops. It was very common to have a pet turtle when I was a kid. They found out they pass salmonella and stopped selling them. At least I think they stopped :? I loved pet turtles and never got sick from one :-(:lol:

Cat 01-08-2009 12:43 PM

No, they haven't stopped. You can still get turtles as pets.

There is one type of turtle I believe they stopped selling though because they typically ended up getting big and people would let them loose after they got too big and mess up the local eco-system.

However, I wonder if there is really an outbreak. The time-frame they are talking about falls right smack during the time that everyone starts preparing more turkey and such. Maybe people aren't fully cooking their poultry. Too many people look at the minutes & oven temp & color of the meat and don't actually track the temp inside the bird.

TaMMa89 01-08-2009 01:55 PM

Aww that's nasty. If there is some overseas fodder or product which has contaminated its environment and then started to spread?

free_sprtd 01-08-2009 03:02 PM

actually all reptiles carry salmonella, you're supposed to wash your hands before handling them (as to not spread anything harmful to them) and wash after handling.

RC! i love love love your avatar :)

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