What Is Salmonella Commonly Found In?

Reviewed on 2/24/2021

What Is Salmonella?

<i>Salmonella</i> is a type of bacteria that colonizes raw fish, eggs and meat, as well as some processed foods. The bacteria infect the gut and cause nausea and vomiting — salmonella prime culprit in food poisoning cases.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that colonizes raw fish, eggs and meat, as well as some processed foods. The bacteria infect the gut and cause nausea and vomiting — salmonella prime culprit in food poisoning cases.

Salmonella is a bacterial infection that often causes food poisoning because it affects the digestive tract. Salmonella infection (called salmonellosis) is usually not serious, and most people recover within a week.

What Are Symptoms of Salmonella?

Symptoms of Salmonella usually occur within six hours to six days after consuming food or touching an animal contaminated with the bacteria and include:

What Causes Salmonella?

Salmonellosis is caused by infection with Salmonella bacteria. People usually become infected after eating food (or touching an animal) contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria. 
 

What Is Salmonella Commonly Found In?

Foods that commonly have Salmonella bacteria include: 

  • Eggs
  • Beef
  • Chicken 
  • Turkey
  • Pork
  • Dairy products
  • Raw and undercooked meat
  • Raw fruits or vegetables
  • Sprouts
  • Processed foods
    • Nut butters
    • Frozen pot pies
    • Chicken nuggets
    • Stuffed chicken entrees

People can also get salmonellosis from touching certain animals, including:

  • Chickens
  • Ducks
  • Turtles

What Is the Treatment for Salmonella?

Salmonella infection usually goes away on its own, and treatment may not be needed. 

Antibiotics may be prescribed for patients at higher risk of serious illness, including: 

  • Babies under 1 year old
  • Adults over 50 years of age
  • People with a weak immune system

Home remedies for symptoms of Salmonella infection include: 

  • Rest 
  • Drink plenty of liquids that contain water, salt, and sugar, such as water mixed with juice, soda, or broth
  • Eat small amounts of food if you can
    • Avoid foods high in fat, which may worsen symptoms

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Reviewed on 2/24/2021
References
https://www.uptodate.com/contents/salmonella-infection-the-basics?search=Salmonella&source=search_result&selectedTitle=1~150&usage_type=default&display_rank=1

https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/salmonella-food.html