What is Salmonella Typhimurium?

In the Netherlands, salmonella bacteria regularly occur in the form of intestinal infections. The bacteria derived from Salmonella Typhimurium are mainly found in raw foods of animal origin. This can include meat, eggs and dairy products. In most cases, people develop mild symptoms that go away on their own. There are also severe cases where the risk of dehydration may be greater.

Salmonella symptoms

Not everyone infected with Salmonella bacteria gets sick. When a person becomes ill with Salmonella, these are the symptoms that can be experienced:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Braken
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Muscle pain

Contamination time Salmonella

The infection time from eating the contaminated food to the first symptoms is 6 to 72 hours. In most cases, symptoms last 3 to 7 days, with the symptom of diarrhea being the most common and fever usually disappearing earlier. If there is blood in the diarrhea, high fever or no reduction in amount of diarrhea after a week, it is recommended to contact the doctor.

Killing Salmonella bacteria

There are several ways to avoid becoming infected with Salmonella bacteria. First, it is important to have good hygiene in the kitchen. Pay attention to the storage recommendations of products, wash your hands regularly while cooking as well as before eating, but be especially careful that raw animal products do not contact raw edible products. For this, you can use other cutting boards and knives to avoid cross-contamination.