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Salmonella bacteria are commonly found in the intestines of birds,
reptiles, and mammals. The bacteria can spread to humans from handling waste
from infected animals or consuming undercooked meat, juice from raw meats, or
other contaminated foods.
The illness caused by salmonella—salmonellosis—produces fever,
diarrhea, and abdominal cramps in most people. In those with general poor health or weakened immune systems, salmonellosis can be a very serious, even
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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