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Is Salmonella food poisoning serious?

Devin Alexander
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

You want to immediately seek medical care if you suspect you may have Salmonella food poisoning.

Ximena Jimenez
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

The common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. The severity of this foodborne illness depends upon the health of the person and/or the amount of contaminated food consumed. To prevent this disease, cook eggs and meats to proper temperature 145 and 165 degrees farenheit.

In some cases, Salmonella food poisoning can become serious, particularly if it spreads to the bloodstream. Salmonella in the blood can cause severe complications in your heart and bones. There are also different types of Salmonella bacteria, some of which can cause typhoid, which is a more serious complication of the bacterial infection.

A small percentage of people infected with Salmonella will develop a condition called reactive arthritis. This causes joint pain, painful urination, and irritated eyes, and can lead to chronic arthritis.

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