Salmonella is the name of a group of bacteria. In the United States, it is a common cause of foodborne illness. Salmonella occurs in raw poultry, eggs, beef, and sometimes on unwashed fruit and vegetables. You also can get infected after handling pets, especially reptiles like snakes, turtles, and lizards.
Symptoms usually last 4-7 days. Your health care provider diagnoses the infection with a stool test. Most people get better without treatment. Infection can be more serious in older adults, infants, and people with chronic health problems. If Salmonella gets into the bloodstream, it can be serious. The usual treatment is antibiotics.
Typhoid fever, a more serious disease caused by Salmonella, is not common in the United States. It frequently occurs in developing countries.
NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Prevention and Risk Factors
- Enjoying Homemade Ice Cream without the Risk of Salmonella Infection (Food and Drug Administration)
- Salmonella and Eggs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Salmonella Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Shell Eggs from Farm to Table (Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service)
- Typhoid Vaccine (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF Also in Spanish
- Travelers' Health: Typhoid and Paratyphoid Fever (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Typhoid Fever (VisualDX)
Statistics and Research
- Novel Structure and Function of Typhoid Toxin (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Practical Preventive Considerations for Reducing the Public Health Burden of Poultry-Related...
- Article: Bacteriophages targeting protective commensals impair resistance against Salmonella Typhimurium infection in...
- Article: An Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Linked to Ready-To-Eat Tofu in...
- Salmonella Infections -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Also in Spanish
- FoodSafety.gov (Department of Health and Human Services)
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases