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Prevent food poisoning and food-borne illnesses with the advice in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Medical care
- Multiple cases
Observe the physical signs
Look for abdominal cramps, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea, as these are the main physical indicators of the salmonella bacteria. These symptoms generally diminish without medical intervention in four to seven days.
Calculate the incubation period
Be aware that the bacteria's incubation period is generally 12 to 72 hours after the onset of infection. Think back to what you ate or touched during that period to determine if it's salmonella poisoning.
Discern what you ingested
Examine the leftovers of the foods you ate. While they may appear safe, beef, poultry, eggs, milk, and vegetables are often salmonella culprits. Check for recent recalls to see if any of your food was involved.
Seek medical care
Seek medical care for severe symptoms, as you may need to be treated for dehydration. Additionally, a stool sample or blood test can confirm the presence of the salmonella bacteria.
Be aware of outbreaks
Look for multiple cases involving the same symptoms and the same food source, which could indicate an outbreak of salmonella poisoning. Prevent spreading it with proper sanitary procedures, such as frequent hand washing, and don't indulge in potentially unhealthy practices, such as eating raw cookie dough.