Salmonella Infection: What are Your Risks?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider salmonella contamination as the most common type of food poisoning in the U.S. According to the agency, salmonella contamination accounts for about 1.2 million recorded illnesses and 450 fatalities every year, which also makes it one of the deadliest food-borne illnesses in the country.
Although anyone can suffer from salmonella infection, younger children, older adults, and those suffering from immune-related diseases are at highest risk of serious, sometimes even fatal health complications. Furthermore, healthy individuals are at risk of dehydration due to diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disorders. So, it is important to seek medical help if you have been exposed to salmonella infection to prevent long-term, and possible fatal complications.
Lawyers from the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., know how food products manufactured and packed in an unsanitary way may pose health hazards to consumers. But apart from negligent food manufacturers, there will always be a risk of salmonella infection even when preparing meal yourself. Your risk of salmonella increases when:
- You consume unpasteurized milk and milk products.
- You consume uncooked or undercooked meat, meat products, or eggs. Meat and meat products, such as delis, should be cooked under enough heat to kill pathogens, including salmonella.
- You are preparing/handling ready-to-eat food products without washing your hands. Salmonella bacteria can oftentimes be found in fecal matters of animals and humans; and preparing food products without washing your hands in between every process may cause cross-contamination.
- Utensils, plates, and other kitchen implements used for raw, uncooked food were also used for cooked, ready-to-eat products.
The effects of salmonella infection can be life-changing, especially for those with weak immune system. Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea and muscle aches. So, if you think you have been exposed to salmonella contamination and are experiencing some of its symptoms, you should seek medical help right away for quick diagnosis and treatment.