How to recognize the signs and symptoms of salmonella

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dr. Joseph Allen from Premier Physician Network stopped by to talk with 2 NEWS about how to recognize the signs and symptoms of Salmonella in the wake of Pepperidge Farm’s recall of certain Goldfish snacks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Among these illnesses, about 1.1 million are acquired in the United States. Among the illnesses acquired in the United States, the CDC estimates that food is the source for about one million illnesses, 19,000 hospitalizations, and 380 deaths.

Dr. Allen says that most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Children under five, adults over the age of 65, and those with weakened immune systems are the most likely to develop a severe illness.

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