- It is the second-highest reported incidence of food borne sickness.
- Can be fatal if not treated properly. Every year salmonella poisoning causes roughly 600 fatalities.
- Thousands of cases are never diagnosed because they are passed off as stomach flu or something much less severe.
- Symptoms include dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle and joint pain.
- Treatment usually just involves around five to seven days of rest and dilution of the bacteria through the ingestion of distilled water.
- Rehydrating may also require the use of intravenous fluids.
- Antibiotics may be required in order to ward off any long-term or severe effects of the infection.
Salmonella is a commonly-occuring bacteria that causes food poisoning and typhoid fever, or the type of food poisoning caused by this bacteria.
Facts About Salmonella
When you touch raw chicken and get bacteria on your hands that makes you very ill, the bacteria is an example of salmonella.
nounpl. -·lae , -·la, -·las
Origin of salmonellaModL: so named after D. E. Salmon (1850-1914), United States pathologist
nounpl. sal·mo·nel·lae, or sal·mo·nel·las or salmonella
- Any of various rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Salmonella, especially S. enterica, which cause food poisoning, typhoid, and paratyphoid fever in humans and various infectious diseases in domestic animals. Salmonella bacteria are divided into numerous serotypes on the basis of certain antigens found in the cell wall and flagella.
Origin of salmonellaNew Latin Salmonella genus name after Daniel Elmer Salmon (1850-1914), American pathologist
(plural salmonellas or salmonellae)
From Salmonella, named for its discoverer, Daniel Elmer Salmon.
A shorthand nomenclature is used to designate serovars of the subspecies Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica. The nomenclature employs mixed italics and normal characters. For instance, the serovar "Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium" is shortened to "Salmonella Typhimurium." There are over 2500 serovars of S. enterica subsp. enterica.
New Latin, from Salmon (“a surname") +"Ž -ella, after Daniel Elmer Salmon.