Salmonella is a bacterial group that is responsible for causing food poisoning, gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, and other illnesses. Generally, people become infected with Salmonella through ingesting contaminated water or foods. A Salmonella infection, or salmonellosis as it is diagnosed, typically causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Illness generally subsides within a week without the treatment of antibiotics; however, those in the high-risk categories, such as infants, the elderly, or persons with a compromised immune system, may have symptoms of the infection for a longer period of time. To prevent infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends steps such as washing your hands before preparing food; separating raw meat, poultry, and seafood from ready-to-eat foods; and cooking and chilling foods to proper safe ...

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