Salmonella infection is one of the most common forms foodborne illness in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 million people become sick, and and 380 people die each year from the bacterial disease. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist, says Salmonella bacteria are often found in poultry products, "so chicken and eggs tend to be the biggest culprits."

Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines. They are usually transmitted to people when they eat foods contaminated with the bacteria, but can also be transmitted through contact with animals or their environment. Some pets, particularly birds and reptiles, can carry Salmonella bacteria.

Dr. Rajapakse says, "Salmonella infection can cause a variety of symptoms. Most commonly, it causes some abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea."

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