Salmonella

Salmonella (salmonellosis) is a bacterial infection, typically contracted from raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, or meat.  Some common pets can carry salmonella including:  turtles, snakes, frogs, iguanas and lizards.

 

Symptoms

• Diarrhea

• Fever

• Abdominal cramps

 

Treatment

Most people recover without treatment within five to seven days, and drinking extra fluids is encouraged to prevent dehydration.

 

Prevention

The young, elderly and immunocomprimised are more at risk of getting sick from salmonella and extra precautions should be taken to protect these groups.

The CDC recommends the following prevention techniques:

• Cooking poultry, ground beef, and eggs thoroughly.

• Not eating or drinking foods containing raw eggs, or raw (unpasteurized) milk.

• Washing hands, kitchen work surfaces, and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry.

• Washing hands with soap after handling reptiles, birds, or baby chicks, and after contact with any pet feces.