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Salmonellosis, or salmonella, is one of the most common foodborne diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella causes approximately 1.2 million illnesses in the United States, with 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.

Salmonella may occur in small, contained outbreaks in the general population or in large outbreaks in hospitals, restaurants, or institutions for children or the elderly.

Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. People with AIDS are particularly vulnerable, often suffering from recurring episodes.

Understanding Salmonellosis

Last Updated February 06, 2015

Last Reviewed February 06, 2015