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Salmonellosis is an infection of the intestines caused by bacteria called Salmonella
Anyone can get a Salmonella infection
The risk is highest in infants and young children. However, people of all ages can catch Salmonella. Illness is usually worse in very young and very old people.
Salmonella bacteria are found in some raw foods and in feces (stool)
The bacteria can be found in foods such as raw chicken, turkey, beef, pork, other meat, eggs, and unpasteurized milk products. Infected people and animals, especially reptiles (like iguanas and turtles), ducks, and chickens can also have Salmonella in their feces. Infected people may spread the bacteria to others through their feces for several weeks or more, even after they feel better.
You can catch Salmonella infections if you:
Symptoms to look for may include:
Symptoms begin in 6 to 72 hours (usually 12 to 36 hours) after exposure to Salmonella. Symptoms commonly last for 2 to 7 days. Symptoms can be mild or severe. Sometimes the blood or other body sites become infected. Some people can have salmonellosis but have no symptoms at all.
Infections can be prevented
See your doctor if you have diarrhea or possible salmonellosis
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