Synonyms: Food Poisoning

Medical Specialties: Emergency medicine, Family practice, Gastroenterology

Clinical Definition

Salmonellosis is an infectious illness, which causes a type of gastroenteritis. It occurs in all parts of the world and is due to ingestion of food contaminated with the bacteria salmonella. The period from ingesting foods contaminated with the bacteria and symptoms is generally 8 to 72 hours. The illness is usually characterized by emesis, abdominal pain and pyrexia. 

In Our Own Words

Salmonellosis is an infection caused by the Salmonella bacteria. It can develop after eating food contaminated with the bacteria, and is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. Common sources are undercooked meats and poultry, unpasteurized milk and contaminated eggs. Most often after eating food contaminated with Salmonella, symptoms will usually appear within 8 to 72 hours. Symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhea, can lead to dehydration and become serious, especially in the elderly, immunocompromised, and young children.  

Relevant Conditions
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastroenteritis
Side Effects
  • Adnominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
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