Salmonellosis is an infection with a bacteria called Salmonella, which live in the intestinal tracts of animals, including birds. Salmonella are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Symptoms often include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
There are over 2,500 serotypes, or groups, of Salmonella. Some are more common than others, and some cause different diseases. In particular, the serotypes "typhi" and "paratyphi" cause a different disease called Typhoid Fever. Typhoid fever is uncommon in the US- most disease caused by Salmonella is caused by other serotypes.
Providers are reminded to report suspected or confirmed cases of Salmonellosis to Alaska Section of Epidemiology at 907-269-8000.
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