Health’s Director of Communicable Diseases Dr Vicky Sheppeard said most Salmonella infections occur after someone has eaten contaminated food.
“The best way to prevent Salmonella infections is to ensure meat, poultry and eggs are
thoroughly cooked and not left sitting out in warm temperatures, which causes
the bacteria to multiply,” Dr Sheppeard said.
“A handy tip to remember is to throw out any food
that is meant to be served cold from the fridge or hot from the oven if it’s
been sitting on your table or kitchen bench for more than two hours.
“Also make sure you practice good hand hygiene by
ensuring you have thoroughly washed your hands before and after handling food
to prevent potential Salmonella
Some of the most common sources of outbreaks of salmonellosis
in NSW involve food products containing undercooked eggs or poor hygiene in the
kitchen when bacteria from eggs or chicken spread into other foods during
Symptoms of salmonellosis include fever, headache,
diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. The symptoms usually start
around six to 72 hours after someone has eaten contaminated food and can last a
week or more.
“Salmonellosis can be quite severe and in some
cases, particularly with young babies, the elderly and those with weakened
immune systems, people have to be hospitalised to manage dehydration,” Dr
infected with salmonellosis should not prepare food for others while they are
unwell, and for 48 hours once their symptoms have passed.”
been 1406 notified cases of salmonella in NSW so far this year, compared to an
average of 1,632 for the same corresponding period for the previous three years.