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What causes Salmonella food poisoning?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Salmonella food poisoning is usually caused by ingesting food or water that is contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria, usually because the food was somehow contaminated with fecal matter. Cooking food often kills the Salmonella bacteria, so undercooked meat or chicken and raw eggs are the most common sources of contamination. Any food can be dangerous if not handled or prepared properly. Cross contamination and poor sanitation contribute to the spread of Salmonella. Fresh produce, dairy products that haven't been pasteurized, and seafood can also be tainted with Salmonella bacteria. In addition,  reptiles, such as turtles, iguanas, lizards, and snakes are carrier of salmonella.

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