SALMONELLA INFECTION

Salmonella infection is a food-borne illness caused by an infection with Salmonella bacteria. Most infections are caused by spread of contaminated food items but may also be spread person-to-person by poor hygiene or mal preparation of food.

Symptoms of salmonella infection are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Fever

On average, it takes 12 to 72 hours for the symptoms to develop after the ingestion of an infectious dose of salmonella. These symptoms last for 4 to 7 days and most will recover without treatment. Severe infections and complications may require immediate hospital care.

Diagnosis

Besides the identification of clinical findings, physicians may request for the following tests:

  • Stool exam
  • Stool culture
  • Complete blood count with platelet
  • ESR

 

Recommended Management:

  • Active fluid resuscitation or rehydration is important. Physicians may recommend a rehydration solution in case of severe dehydration.
  • Severe cases are treated with antibiotics, ie. Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin
  • Recurrence of infection may be prevented by good hygiene and proper handling of food items.

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