Food Borne Illness Paper

May 12, 2018 General Studies

Salmonella is one of the most commonly reported types of food-borne illness. Salmonella is caused by a variety of different bacteria. The ensuing illness is treatable, but in some cases, fatal. Most of the time people aren’t even aware they have salmonella, they think something they ate didn’t agree with them and the symptoms are mild and disappear quickly.

I believe no one really takes any action of going to a hospital or to their doctor until the symptoms worsen and become unbearable or scary for them that’s at least what I do, which I shouldn’t because instead of me finding out what problem was solving it quickly, I go through the pain and agony until I can’t take tit anymore. Quite often, the mishandling of food products causes salmonella. In many cases, the bacterium is spread by animal feces coming into contact with fresh foods in the case of eggs, the bacteria come from within the chicken and are already in the egg before it is laid.

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Eggs are the most common source of salmonella. Infections can also come from contaminated dairy products, meats, and various shellfish. Undercooked meats and poultry may contain the bacteria and on rare occasion fresh fruits and vegetables can also be contaminated. Clinical symptoms are diarrhea, fever, chills, cramping in the stomach and intestine, fatigue and in some cases, headache symptoms can appear as soon as eight hours after ingestion contaminated food products.

In some cases, it takes a few days for the symptoms to appear. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, most people recover without treatment. The way you treat salmonella also known as (food poising) is by managing any complications until it passes. Dehydration is most common because of diarrhea so drinking a cup of water or a rehydration drink for each large, loose stool you have. Do not drink fruit juices or soda due to the fact they have too much sugar and they are not good for dehydration.

Ways to prevent salmonella are: do not eat row or uncooked eggs, avoid raw or unpasteurized milk or other dairy products and do not prepare food or pour water for others when you have salmonellosis. I read a article from the New York times ( by: Marc Santora on: August 18,2012) where it talks about a real life outbreak of salmonella. It was throughout 20 states and it had killed 2 people while making 141 people sick.

The source of the outbreak was from cantaloupes from a farm in southwestern Indiana. The cantaloupes were sold throughout the 20 states and whoever ate them, got sick. But it was most severe in Kentucky where 50 people were infected and 2 people died. The reasoning behind them dying was that the diarrhea is so severe and the infection can spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other parts of the body and if it isn’t treated quickly it can lead to death.


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