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What is Salmonella food poisoning?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Salmonella food poisoning is a bacterial infection of the intestinal tract.Some strains of this common bacterium live naturally in certain animals, but if humans come into contact with it, infection can ensue. Salmonella occurs when you swallow food or water that is contaminated with salmonella bacteria, or if you come into contact with contaminated feces. Salmonella needs to be treated immediately or it can spread to the bloodstream. There are different types of Salmonella bacteria, as well, some of which can cause typhoid.phoid.

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