Salmonella Food Poisoning -- What Every Consumer Should Know in Pittsburgh, PA
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Who is Most Likely to Get Salmonella Food Poisoning?
Children under the age of five are about five times more likely than any other age group to get salmonellosis. Young children, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most likely to suffer severe illness as a result of salmonella poisoning.
What are the Primary Symptoms of Salmonella Food Poisoning?
Most persons infected with Salmonella bacteria develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most persons recover without any treatment. In some patients, the diarrhea is so severe that treatment, including hospitalization, is needed. In some of these patients, the salmonella poisoning spreads from the intestines to the blood stream, and from the blood stream to other body parts. In these patients, death can result if the infection is not immediately treated with intravenous antibiotics.
How is Salmonella Food Poisoning Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of Salmonella poisoning requires laboratory testing of a stool sample.
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How is Salmonella Food Poisoning Treated?
Most persons with Salmonella poisoning do not require treatment. However, more severe cases may require rehydration with IV fluids, and if the Salmonella poisoning reaches the blood stream, IV antibiotics are required.
What are the Long Term Health Effects of Salmonella Food Poisoning?
The primary symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning are diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. These symptoms develop 12 to 72 hours after contamination and typically last 4 to 7 days. Some cases are much more serious and lengthy hospitalization may be required. If the salmonella gets into the blood stream, death can result.
A small number of persons with salmonella develop Reiter's syndrome. This syndrome leads to pain in the joints, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination. It can last for months or years. Reiter's syndrome can lead to chronic arthritis which is difficult to treat.
How is Salmonella Poisoning Usually Transmitted to Humans?
Salmonella bacteria are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods that are contaminated with animal feces. These feces-contaminated foods usually look and smell normal. Such foods are usually of animal origin, such as beef, poultry, milk, or eggs, but any food, including leafy green vegetables, may be contaminated. Food may also become contaminated by the hands of a food handler who did not wash his or her hands thoroughly with soap and hot water after using the bathroom.
What Should You Do if You Suspect You Have Salmonella Food Poisoning?
If you develop the symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning, you should contact your doctor immediately, or go to the emergency room. Salmonella food poisoning is a serious illness and can lead to death in certain people if not diagnosed and treated in timely fashion.
Contact Our Pittsburgh Offices Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation for Your Personal Injury Claim Arising Out of a Salmonella Outbreak
When you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a salmonella outbreak, you need to have experienced personal injury attorneys who will fight for you and your claim. The added stress of dealing with the poisoning can be extremely complicated to try and get money from the offending food supplier. If you suspect that you contracted your food poisoning at a restaurant or convenience store, or from tainted food that you purchased at a grocery store, you should contact the experienced Pittsburgh personal injury attorneys at Berger & Lagnese to schedule a free consultation. Our office is located at 310 Grant St #720, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 and consultations can be scheduled either online here or over the phone at (412) 275-4122.