Salmonellosis is a disease that can threaten anyone. It stems from infection by bacteria called salmonella. People can get infected with salmonella in a number of ways, but they all involve coming into contact with feces, which carry salmonella. For example, food may have salmonella if animals release feces in it. Or, because salmonella naturally resides in animals’ intestines, meat can have salmonella if it is ground up with intestines.
There are certain symptoms of salmonellosis. People who are infected by salmonella get diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps anywhere from half a day (12 hours) to three days (72 hours) after consuming salmonella. These symptoms last on average from four to seven days and go away without causing too many problems.
That is not to say, however, that salmonellosis cannot have worse results, for it can. If salmonella spreads into the blood stream, it can lead to death. If this does not happen, then people can develop Reiter’s syndrome, which includes pain in their joints and problems with their eyes. Reiter’s syndrome can last for months or years, and it can eventually lead to chronic arthritis.
Fortunately, steps can be taken to prevent salmonellosis. All food should be cleaned and cooked thoroughly, and people should wash their hands with antibacterial soap and warm water after going to the bathroom. Also, for mothers who have babies to feed, breastfeeding is the best way to ensure that babies get uncontaminated milk.
People who process or serve food, such as factories or businesses, need to ensure that all the proper precautions are followed to ensure that their food is not contaminated with salmonella. If the food is contaminated and others get sick after eating it, then the food producers can be held liable.
If you feel that you have eaten food that has been contaminated with salmonella and have developed salmonellosis, you may be able to secure damages. For more information, contact the Rhinelander personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.