(HealthDay News) -- Salmonella bacteria is a common source of foodborne illness, but there are things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises:
- Never eat raw or undercooked eggs, which can harbor salmonella and other germs.
- Food is more often left unrefrigerated for long periods during summer, making food poisoning more common when the weather is warmer.
- Salmonella infection is downright dangerous for many people, including those with chronic diseases or weakened immune systems.
- Salmonella can affect many different foods, such as meat, sprouts, processed foods, eggs, fruits and vegetables.
- A salmonella infection can last for several days and cause diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever.
- Salmonella infections are relatively common, but most people don't seek a doctor's treatment, so an infection often goes unreported.