Societal Impact of Salmonella
Abstract: Salmonella is a bacterium that causes one of the most common intestinal infections in the United States - Salmonellosis. The chance of contracting this disease is significantly high, and more and more people are suffering from the symptoms and complications of Salmonella. This paper will discuss about the disease itself, the current outbreaks that are related to this disease, preventions and the treatments.
Many say that history repeats itself, and throughout history, the spread of food-borne diseases has been constantly threatening humans. Salmonella, a disease which attacks numerous people a year, has returned, infected, and put people under ...view middle of the document...
They grow readily in many foods as well as in water contaminated with feed or feces” (56). Their ability to multiply regardless of the different environmental conditions allows the bacteria to spread out quickly, which leads into major infection among people.
One of the recent outbreaks that startled people across America was the finding of Salmonella in tomatoes in restaurants. It is said that:
The tomato-linked salmonella outbreak announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 3 has claimed 228 victims in 23 states over 58 days (and counting). It has put 25 people in the hospital and may have had a role in hastening the death of a cancer patient. And then there's the flurry of panic as many of the tomatoes that American consumers take for granted every day suddenly disappear — from McDonald's hamburgers; from the salsa at Chipotle Mexican Grill; from Burger King, Taco Bell and Sonic; and from the grocery shelves at Kroger, Wal-Mart and Target (Suddath 1).
This outbreak caused many American citizens to panic about their daily meals; the fact that one of the most common ingredients, tomato, can actually become detrimental to humans caused people in America to be more aware of what they are consuming. They were also concerned about how to treat the disease had they already been infected by it.
Another recent outbreak which aroused worrying voices among customers was the finding of jalapeno pepper contaminated with Salmonella. A universal spice, jalapeno pepper has always been a popular choice for people who love spicy and seasoned food.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday (July 21st), it found a jalapeno pepper contaminated with the strain of salmonella that has sickened more than 1,200 people and warned everyone across the United States to stop eating them” (Rosenberg 1). This shows how wide varieties of food are contaminated with Salmonella and how the general public is ignorant about the dangers of Salmonella. For example, the warning the FDA sent out “did little to dampen the appetite for jalapenos in Mexico, where the spicy green pepper is heaped on tacos and sandwiches at almost every street corner” (Rosenberg 1). Evidently, the general public did not understand the details of Salmonella and the possible outcomes of the infection. Even though there is no vaccine for Salmonella, many measures to eradicate the disease are being taken by the United States (Salmonella Prevention).
There are many small initiatives individuals can take to prevent Salmonella. Cooking poultry, meat and eggs to thoroughly kill the bacteria is one way of preventing Salmonella (Salmonella Prevention). In addition, washing fruits and vegetables before eating them can thwart the contraction of Salmonella (Salmonella Prevention). Often people place different types of foods together in their refrigerators; however, if they take the time to sort out meats from fruits, vegetables and ready-to-eat foods, they have highly reduced their...