Most people become infected with Salmonella after consuming contaminated food or drinks.Patients develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection (CDC, 2011).

In most cases, the illness lasts for four to seven days, and the majority of people recover without any special medical treatment. In some cases, though, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient becomes dangerously dehydrated and has to be treated in a hospital (CDC, 2011).

In severe cases, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other organs, and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics and fluid therapy (CDC, 2011).