While the infection often clears up on its own, some people can die from salmonella due to severe symptoms, with the CDC reporting over 400 annual deaths from salmonella.
Salmonella is the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illnesses, causing an estimated 1.35 million cases in the U.S. alone. The bacteria can cause food poisoning that can lead to symptoms like diarrhea, stomach pain or cramps, and fever — which may take up to a few days to appear.
While the infection is usually mild and lasts for 4 to 7 days, some people can experience more serious symptoms — with an estimated 26,000 hospitalizations and over 400 people deaths from salmonella every year, according to the CDC.
People at risk of a serious infection include:
Preventing salmonella can be tough since its carriers look and smell normal.
The infection typically clears up on its own, although the CDC recommends contacting a medical professional if:
The CDC asks people to avoid eating raw cookie dough and uncooked meats and stop kissing animals all the time.