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Health Tip: Learn About Salmonella

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(HealthDay News) -- Salmonella bacteria is a common source of foodborne illness, but there are things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises:

  • Never eat raw or undercooked eggs, which can harbor salmonella and other germs.
  • Food is more often left unrefrigerated for long periods during summer, making food poisoning more common when the weather is warmer.
  • Salmonella infection is downright dangerous for many people, including those with chronic diseases or weakened immune systems.
  • Salmonella can affect many different foods, such as meat, sprouts, processed foods, eggs, fruits and vegetables.
  • A salmonella infection can last for several days and cause diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever.
  • Salmonella infections are relatively common, but most people don't seek a doctor's treatment, so an infection often goes unreported.
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