Dr. Sidney Smith, describes the signs and symptoms of a Salmonella infection.
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What is Salmonella? Dr. Sidney Smith: Salmonella is a food borne illness carried as a bacteria that can infect the small intestine, can affect the colon. It is diagnosed by stool cultures, so actually by taking a sample of bowel movements, sending it to the lab to determine if salmonella is in fact there. What are the signs and symptoms of Salmonella? Dr. Sidney Smith: Salmonellae usually presents with a diarrhea, abdominal pain, a cramping that can present with fever. Obviously, with food borne illness being more of an issue over the last few years and it certainly at the present time that is something we are seeing a lot more of. So then, the main symptoms would be diarrhea, abdominal pain, those types of symptoms. Is Salmonella dangerous? Dr. Sidney Smith: It can be dangerous by and large, it is not but certainly it can be.