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PHIL Image 10971
 
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Description:Under a high magnification of 12000X, this colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) revealed the presence of numbers of clustered Gram-negative Salmonella typhimurium bacteria, which had been grown in a pure culture. See PHIL 10970 for a black and white version of this image.

What sort of germ is Salmonella?

Salmonella is actually a group of bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals. There are many different kinds of Salmonella bacteria. Salmonella serotype Typhimurium and Salmonella serotype Enteritidis are the most common in the United States. Salmonella germs have been known to cause illness for over 100 years. They were discovered by an American scientist named Salmon, for whom they are named.

How common is salmonellosis?

Every year, approximately 40,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in the United States. Because many milder cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections may be thirty or more times greater. Salmonellosis is more common in the summer than winter.

Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. The rate of diagnosed infections in children less than five years old is about five times higher than the rate in all other persons. Young children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised are the most likely to have severe infections. It is estimated that approximately 400 persons die each year with acute salmonellosis.

Salmonella in their feces. People should always wash their hands immediately after handling a reptile or bird, even if the animal is healthy. Adults should also assure that children wash their hands after handling a reptile or bird, or after touching its environment.

High Resolution:Right click here and select "Save Target As..." for hi-resolution image (7.35 MB)
Content Providers(s):CDC/ Bette Jensen
Creation Date:2009
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
Links:
  • CDC - National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (ZVED); Salmonella
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    tree picture Diseases
    tree picture tree picture Bacterial Infections and Mycoses
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Bacterial Infections
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Enterobacteriaceae Infections
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Salmonella Infections
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Salmonella Food Poisoning
    tree picture tree picture Disorders of Environmental Origin
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Poisoning
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Food Poisoning
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Salmonella Food Poisoning
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    tree picture tree picture Bacteria
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Gram-Negative Bacteria
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Gram-Negative Facultatively Anaerobic Rods
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Enterobacteriaceae
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Salmonella
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Proteobacteria
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Gammaproteobacteria
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Enterobacteriaceae
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Salmonella
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