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ingles dietitianHow do you know you have it? 

Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.

The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. 

What causes it? 

  • Eating raw or undercooked eggs, poultry or meat. Not washing produce before consumption. 
  • Drinking raw milk. 
  • Drinking water than has not been tested or treated. 
  • Not washing hands after handling reptiles like lizards, turtles and snakes.
  • Not washing hands after handling live chickens or ducks. 
  • Coming in contact with feces of animals and not washing hands before eating. 



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Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian





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