The recent egg recalls have suddenly stirred the interest of consumers on what Salmonella is and what Salmonella poisoning symptoms are.
According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, it takes about 6 to 48 hours before symptoms are seen, after the consumption and ingestion of Salmonella contaminated food and/or drink. Such symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever and abdominal cramps.
It is said that the illness itself could last from four up to seven days, and that most patients of Salmonella contamination could recover from the poisoning without needing any antibiotic. However, it is the diarrhea, which is one of its symptoms, could be severe and cause extreme dehydration and weakness. This, therefore, may require some hospitalization.
Though given that most people recover from it easier, there are still those that are at risk to more dangerous complications. The elderly, infants and those with weak immune systems could be subject for severer infections. If the Salmonella spreads towards other body parts or organs and not treated properly and swiftly, this could even lead to death.
An approximate of 228 million Wright County Eggs were recalled last Friday, August 13 because of its link to Salmonella outbreaks in California, Colorado and Minnesota. These eggs are distributed in 13 brand names.