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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Know Your Bugs: Salmonella

Salmonella was the most prevalent disease agent for food borne illness in the United States in 2012. It is estimated that most cases are not reported or diagnosed; up to 29 cases may go undiagnosed for every 1 diagnosed case(1).

Each type of disease-causing bacteria has a unique incubation time in your body before it makes you sick. It may be a short 6 hours before consuming the contaminated food and expression of symptoms. It can also take weeks before you get sick! So, it can be very challenging to figure out the offending food. In the case of salmonella, it can take 12 hours to three days before you have symptoms of fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.

When the body is exposed to Salmonella, the immune system is typically activated. An immune messenger called IL-8 causes an intestinal inflammatory response when there is an exposure to Salmonella. A January 2013 study found that certain strains of probiotics can down-regulate the body's response so that there is less inflammation. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23391223)

(1) CDC Progress Food Safety Progress Report for 2012
(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23391223

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