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How is Salmonella food poisoning diagnosed?

Salmonella food poisoning is usually diagnosed by a stool sample. A blood test can also be performed if there is a possibility that the infection has spread to your bloodstream. In this case, cultures are grown from these samples in the lab so the bacteria can be identified. Diagnosis is sometimes tricky for Salmonella food poisoning, since often symptoms do not last very long and you may feel better before the diagnosis is even confirmed by the lab.

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