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Salmonella is an infection that can enter our body through water and food. In most cases, salmonella lives in our intestines and if not treated, it may have an influence on our body, but in most cases, it is treated with success. There are some symptoms that indicate the salmonella presence in our body. Not so rare, salmonella is accompanied by diarrhea, fever and cramps that appear in the area of our abdomen. These symptoms appear in the interval of 12-72 hours after the salmonella infection, and can last up to a week. If the infection spreads outside our intestines, then salmonella may lead to serious complications. Mainly, salmonella develops in the areas that do not have good sanitation.

Causes of salmonella

Foods that can contain salmonella include raw meat, poultry and seafood. In the cases of meat and poultry, salmonella may contaminate the meat during the butching, and the reason for salmonella entering seafood is contaminated waters that seafood has lived in. Raw eggs are also one of the main causes of salmonella infection, so, it would be best to avoid products that contain them. If the fruit and vegetable has been watered with contaminated water, then it is likely that they will also have salmonella in them. Fruit and vegetables can also become salmonella infected if the salmonella infected juice of the meat comes in contact with salad. It is important for a person who works in a kitchen to wash hands because they can transfer the bacteria to the groceries, especially if they were first in the toilet or changing diapers and then preparing food in the kitchen. Pets and reptiles that have salmonella can just as easily transfer it to your body. Medications that are used in the treatment are in the most cases antibiotics and antidiarrheals.

Protection from salmonella

It is important to take every precaution in order to avoid salmonella infection. That especially goes for people who work with taking care of older people and children. These measures are not so tough, as they present some of the hygiene basics, and they include washing hands after using toilet, cleaning pets, changing diapers and touching birds and reptiles. You should also keep things separate in your kitchen, and use two cutting boards. It is not advisable to put cooked food in a dirty plate, especially, if raw meat was in it earlier. If you decide on making something with raw eggs, make sure to pasteurize it, in order to avoid salmonella infection.

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