Salmonellosis is an illness caused by bacteria called Salmonella. You can get Salmonella from eating infected food. It can also be spread from animals to people, and from people to people. It’s one of the most common foodborne diseases.


Symptoms usually begin one to three days after contact with the bacteria.

  • Stomach cramps

  • Fever

  • Diarrhea 


  • Always wash your hands before making food or eating, after using the bathroom, changing diapers, petting or playing with animals, and after touching an animal’s environment or food.

  • Play safe with animals: don’t kiss them, don’t put your hands near your mouth after petting or playing, and clean their habitats away from the kitchen, preferably outside. 

  • Take care with foods: Keep raw poultry away from other foods. Use separate cutting boards and clean them properly. Refrigerate food within two hours. Cook food to the right temperature. Learn more at

What To Do If You Get Sick

  • Call your health care provider for testing and treatment. Most people recover without any treatment in four to seven days.

  • If the person who is sick is having accidents or the stool is not contained in a diaper, stay home from school, work, or day care.

  • If you have diarrhea, do not make food or drinks for other people.

  • Drink extra fluids to prevent dehydration. 

  • Food handlers should talk to their employers about return-to-work guidance.

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