What is Salmonellosis?
- The most common foodborne illness
- A one-celled organism (usually Typhimurium and Enteritidis) known as salmonella
- Common to the intestinal tracts of many warm-blooded animals, including cows and chickens; sometimes found in the feces of animals and infected humans
- Salmonella Newport was discovered by the National Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), an interactive agency cooperative consisting of the CDC, FDA, and USDA
- Abdominal cramps
- Rarely, death
Most at risk
- Young children
How is it Spread?
- Through food contaminated with animal feces
- Through direct or indirect contact with infected individuals
- Presence of the bacterium in the water supply
- If an infected person does not wash his/her hands properly after using the toilet, bacteria may be passed by physical contact or by handling food
- Cross-contamination: utensils used on uncooked foods such as meats or eggs could spread the bacteria if then used on produce to be eaten raw