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A salmonella infection has the potential to make an individual quite miserable for a period of time. Salmonella, a wide-ranging group of protein-coated bacteria, causes illnesses in humans that are commonly characterized by severe stomach cramps, fever, and diarrhea. In general, people will become infected through the consumption of contaminated food or water.

Dangers of Salmonella

While a salmonella infection itself is not life-threatening, many of its side effects may, if left untreated, pose a danger to the victim. Because these illnesses cause so much diarrhea and fluid loss, one may experience extreme dehydration as a complication associated with salmonella poisoning. Dehydration, when left untreated, may be life-threatening.

Other dangers of salmonella include the risk of developing tissue infections, also known as bacteremia, and reactive arthritis. These tissue infections may be quite dangerous, especially if they attack vital organs such as the lung, liver, brain, or heart. Treatment with antibiotics is a typical method of tackling such dangerous conditions.

Causes of Salmonella

Salmonella illnesses are caused by the ingestion of meat, produce, or water that has been contaminated with salmonella bacteria. Contamination generally occurs through the exposure of these products to animal feces, typically during the harvesting or processing stages of production. Salmonella may also arise in undercooked eggs, or it may be passed directly from one infected individual to another.

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If you or someone you love has suffered a salmonella infection, then you may have the right to claim compensation for your suffering. Contact the Jacksonville personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Don Guthrie today at 904-296-1088 to speak with a qualified attorney about your case.

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