Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Salmonella is classified as zoonosis, a disease that is transferred from non-human animals to humans. In general, individuals are infected with Salmonella via ingestion of contaminated food.
Salmonella are small bacteria that are passed from the waste of people or animals. Lately it has been passed through chicken eggs. The reason why Salmonella is so common at the moment among chickens is due to the mistreatment of chickens. Chicken raised for the market are kept stacked up in small cages on top of each other, and are expected to lay eggs in this environment. When chickens defecate, their fecal matter fall on top of the other chickens stacked underneath them. This is exactly how chicken can pick up viruses and become infected. Infected chickens lay infected eggs, thus the recall on eggs that have been tested positive for Salmonella.
Salmonella symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Individuals may also experience symptoms of vomiting, nausea, chills. Salmonella infections can be life threatening to infants and children, as well as elders whose immune systems are not strong.
Once ingested, Salmonella lives in the intestinal track of humans as well as other animals. It is present on poultry and raw meat AND the bacteria can still be present if the meat is not cooked properly.
Wash your hands thoroughly as well as the surface and instruments you use to cook the food on to prevent spreading salmonella. Please be careful with raw food and help prevent the spreading of this bacteria to others.
Published by: Michael Jones