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Salmonella And The Gastrointestinal System

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Salmonella is a bacteria people get after eating raw foods. This bacteria can cause diseases and make people sick, or even kill them. Salmonella only causes noticeable symptoms for people who have a weakened digestive system. The bacteria causes the gastrointestinal system malfunction once it reaches the stomach and intestines. The structure of Salmonella makes it hard to be killed by the body. Salmonella works by moving around in the stomach and intestines, which spreads it everywhere. Salmonella affects the gastrointestinal system the most. The gastrointestinal system includes the mouth, esophagus, the stomach, and large and small intestines. Salmonella gets into your body by being on the food you eat, and sheds off the food into your gastrointestinal system. According to Virtual Medical Centre, “The first place your food goes is in your mouth and down your esophagus to the stomach, which is where the food gets propelled by the intestines.”…show more content…
The most common foods infected with salmonella include raw meat, poultry, seafood, raw eggs, and fruits and vegetables. These contaminated foods cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headaches, and blood in the stool (Mayo Clinic). According to the Mayo Clinic, “These symptoms may last 4 to 7 days, but it will take several months for your bowels to return back to normal after the contamination.” These symptoms are caused by diseases like gastroenteritis, which is when the salmonella reaches your stomach and intestines (Gale Science in Context). Other foods that can be contaminated are foods that are touched by people who didn't wash their hands after using the toilet, handle raw meat or poultry, touch reptiles or birds, changing a diaper, or cleaning up pet feces. These can contaminate the food with feces. The person that does these tasks should wash their hands, which would prevent contaminating the food with
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