Salmonellosis is a disease. Specifically, it is an infection caused by a group of bacteria names salmonella. People become infected with salmonella usually by eating food contaminated with feces; such foods are generally indistinguishable from safe foods. All sorts of foods can be contaminated with salmonella and lead to salmonellosis.
Foods derived from animals, like meats and dairy products, can have salmonella; however, vegetables and even processed foods can have salmonella. Foods can come into contact with salmonella/feces in a variety of ways. Someone may not wash his hands thoroughly, if at all, after going to the bathroom. Or, food being processed in a factory may have rodents release feces nearby or on equipment, and the equipment may not be cleaned appropriately. Or, vegetables on farms may have animals come into contact with them and the vegetables may not be cleaned thoroughly later on.
The effects of salmonellosis vary from case to case. For many people, symptoms develop within several hours or up to three days later. The main symptoms are diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever, and they usually last for several days but might last up to week.
Salmonellosis can be more serious, however, and the symptoms will reflect the severity. In serious situations, salmonella can spread into a person’s blood stream and lead to death. Fortunately, there are antibiotics that can be used to fight the salmonella and salmonellosis in such serious situations.
If you have acquired salmonellosis, the medical problems that you encounter can be serious. Contact the Racine personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling us at 1-800-242-2874. We will help you determine whether or not you are entitled to damages caused by the salmonella poisoning.