People may not realize it, but whenever they eat any food they are putting their health at risk. This risk can be heightened when people eat packaged foods or when people eat out. One risk that people face from the food they eat is the threat of salmonella.
Salmonella are bacteria that live in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals. They become a threat when we animals release feces that then comes into contact with food, thus allowing salmonella to contaminate the food. When people eat food with contaminated with salmonella, they risk acquiring salmonellosis, an infection caused by salmonella.
Salmonellosis can reveal itself through a variety of symptoms. Among the most common is diarrhea, but fever, stomach aches, vomiting, nausea, and headaches also result. These take place from eight to 72 hours after the contaminated food is eaten. Fortunately, most of the time salmonellosis is not a prolonged problem and the symptoms go away any time from four to seven days after the consumption of the contaminated food.
It is important to note that there can be serious long-term consequences of salmonellosis. Vision may become impaired, people may develop joint problems, and death can even occur. Usually, though, salmonellosis has not led to death. That is not to say, however, that death has never occurred.
As was mentioned earlier, people can get salmonellosis if they eat food contaminated with animal feces. They can get salmonellosis also if they eat meats that are not cooked thoroughly or if non-meat food comes into contact with meat.
Salmonellosis, in sum, can become a serious problem when people don’t even expect it. As a result, it is important that people eat food provided only by trustworthy restaurants or packaged only by trustworthy companies.
If you have eaten food contaminated with salmonella and have been infected with salmonellosis, then you may be able to collect damages for your troubles and the negative effects on your health and work. For more information, contact the Racine food poisoning lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 1-800-242-2874.