Suspected salmonella contamination is behind the ongoing recall of 380 million eggs in the U.S. Salmonella infection is a bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. (For an updated list of the eggs being recalled, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/WhatsNewinFood/ucm223536.htm.)
Symptoms of salmonella infection typically come on quickly and occur within 12 to 72 hours of eating the contaminated food. Symptoms include:
- Fever and chills
- Severe headache
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
Having most or even all of these symptoms does not indicate salmonella poisoning, but is a good reason to talk with your doctor to ensure appropriate treatment.
The illness can last from 4 to 7 days and most people can survive without medical treatment. However, in some cases, the symptoms – especially diarrhea – may be severe enough to require hospitalization. Infants, the elderly and those with impaired immune systems may be more severely affected and should seek treatment promptly.
What to Do?
- If you think you might have salmonella poisoning, consult with your doctor.
- Keep checking the list of recalled eggs at http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/WhatsNewinFood/ucm223536.htm .