Salmonellosis is a type of food poisoning that is caused by eating food contaminated with salmonella enterica bacteria. Food that is most commonly contaminated by salmonella are poultry, milk and eggs. The typical symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhoea, fever and stomach cramps.
HOW IS SALMONELLOSIS DIAGNOSED?
The general physician may conduct a complete physical examination and also evaluate your symptoms. Lab tests of the stool sample reveal the presence of the salmonella bacteria. The doctor may order for a blood test in order to rule out spreading of the infection to the blood stream.
HOW IS SALMONELLOSIS TREATED?
Diarrhea is a main concern Salmonellosis, hence, precaution needs to be taken to avoid dehydration due to diarrhea. Anti-diarrheal medicine may help relieve abdominal cramps. In case the blood tests reveal presence of salmonella, antibiotic treatment may be required to kill bacteria and avoid relapse
DID YOU KNOW?
Children and older adults with weakened immune systems are the most likely to be affected by salmonellosis especially during the summer months.