Of the many foodborne illnesses that people can catch, salmonella is one of the most common types. This disease is caused by certain strands of the rod-shaped salmonella bacteria, which can be transferred from human to human or from animal to human through contaminated food and water. While most healthy people who catch salmonella recover on their own, weaker individuals may need medical treatment to successfully fight the illness.
Salmonella bacteria are microorganisms that are naturally found in the intestines of both humans and animals. They exit the body with the feces, and can contaminate food and water if any fecal matter contacts these edibles. When these infected products are ingested, they can cause a salmonella infection, or salmonellosis.
Foods are typically contaminated during the processing or harvesting procedures. They can also be infected if a food service employee, such as a cook or member of the wait staff, fails to wash his or her hands after using the bathroom.
Symptoms of Salmonella
Those who have contracted salmonella will begin to experience symptoms of the illness anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after their initial exposure to the bacteria. These symptoms include severe cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fever, and chills. In more severe cases, a salmonella infection can lead to typhoid fever, which can be deadly if left untreated.
If you have suffered from salmonella as the result of a food manufacturer or restaurant’s negligence, then you may have the right to claim compensation from the responsible party. The New York City personal injury lawyers of Orlow, Orlow & Orlow, P.C. have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you explore your legal options. Contact us today to learn more.