Salmonella Injuries: A Very Serious Food Poisoning Risk
Salmonella is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s the second-most common intestinal infection in the United States, infecting as many as 1.5 million people every year. More than 20,000 people are hospitalized every year, and 400 people die.
A salmonella infection usually occurs whenever a person eats food that has been contaminated with the feces of animals or humans carrying the bacteria. Such outbreaks are usually associated with raw milk, raw or undercooked meat, poultry and eggs.
In recent years, many other types of foods have becoming increasingly associated with salmonella outbreaks. Due to issues having to do with food handling and cross contamination, they are increasingly being associated with other foods such as fruits and vegetables. Salmonella often comes from inadequate food handling safety processes.
The most common form of salmonella infection is known as non-typhoidal salmonella. Someone contracting this type of salmonella infection will usually experience relatively minor gastronomical distress and perhaps a headache. In most cases, such discomfort will be felt for 3-7 days, and simply go away.
But many salmonella infections can lead to more serious symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, body aches, severe dehydration and more, especially among small children, the elderly, or those with compromised immune symptoms. In some exceptional cases, victims will see symptoms such as reactive arthritis, which leads to joint swelling, while others may experience swelling in the eyes or urinary or reproductive organs. In some extreme cases, it’s possible to contract typhoidal salmonella, which can lead to typhoid fever.
While those salmonella contamination victims who see minor symptoms won’t need any sort of treatment, those with more serious symptoms may need extensive medical treatment, including hospitalization or, in some extreme cases, long term medical care.
If you suspect you or someone you love may have contracted a salmonella infection, seek medical attention immediately. If you believe contaminated food caused your salmonella infection, you may be entitled to compensation for your illness.
The Food Poisoning Attorneys at Hill Law Firm in San Antonio and Houston, Texas have experience taking on some of the largest companies in the United States in food borne illnesses cases. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by food contamination, please call the Texas Food Poisoning Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm immediately. It is important to act quickly to preserve evidence and your rights.