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What increases my risk for Salmonella food poisoning?

Salmonella food poisoning is spread by lack of sanitation and poor food preparation. Your risk increases if you travel to developing countries or live in communal residences. People with compromised immunes systems are at greater risk. Antacids decrease the protective acids in your stomach, so if you consume these you may be increasing your susceptibility to food-borne illnesses. Pet birds and reptiles can harbor Salmonella, too, so contact with these animals can increase your risk.

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