Signs & Symptoms of the Saintpaul Strain of Salmonella
by Beverly Shearer
Recent outbreaks of the Saintpaul strain of Salmonella (Salmonella Saintpaul) have been caused by the bacteria infecting foods such as tomatoes, jalapeno peppers and alfalfa sprouts. The salmonella bacteria is often found in the feces of animals, reptiles and birds and can easily contaminate food products. The signs and symptoms of Salmonella Saintpaul are the same as other common strains.
Salmonella Saintpaul has been found in tomatoes.
After exposure to Salmonella Saintpaul, the person infected will begin to show signs of the illness within 12 to 72 hours. The most obvious signs are fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea.
Additional symptoms of Salmonella Saintpaul are vomiting, nausea, headache, muscle pain, chills and/or blood in the stool.
Major Symptom: Diarrhea
A person who has persistent diarrhea due to Salmonella infection can become dehydrated very quickly. The signs of dehydration are: dry mouth, decreased urination and sunken or dry eyes. Abdominal cramps are the result of diarrhea.
Major Symptom: Fever
Salmonella Saintpaul-induced fever can be especially dangerous in infants and children. Along with raised temperature, the symptoms to look for are: weakness, sweating, shivering, head and muscle aches, loss of appetite and dehydration.
People with a Salmonella Saintpaul infection normally recover within four to seven days. Many people recover without the need of treatment or medication. Serious cases, and those affecting people who have other health risks, should be given immediate medical treatment.