What is is?
A common cause of food poisoning, Salmonella lives in the intestines of animals and infected people. Those who get ill with Salmonella can remain contagious even when they have fully recovered. It only takes a very low dose of some strains to make a person ill.
How does it spread?
- Salmonella generally comes from the faeces of infected people and animals.
- It enters the home frequently on raw poultry, but also on other foods, including eggs, and on animals (especially exotic pets).
- It enters the body through the mouth and spreads from person to person via contaminated food, hands and surfaces.
- The risk of contamination is particularly severe when someone has diarrhoea.
Who is at risk?
Anyone can be infected by Salmonella, but those most at risk are children, the elderly and other vulnerable people.
What are the symptoms?
Diarrhoea, fever and stomach cramps. In people more prone to infection, the Salmonella bacteria may spread to the bloodstream and affect the internal organs.
Prevent the spread
- Everyone should wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.
- Take special care with food and kitchen hygiene. Ill people should not prepare food for others.
- As ill people can carry bacteria for many weeks after recovery, you should maintain good hygiene standards even when the symptoms have gone.
- Hygienically clean bathroom surfaces with Domestos Extended Germ-Kill and disinfect toilets with the Domestos Toilet Cleaning System. If someone has diarrhoea, disinfect the toilet after each time they use it.
- Clean up any spillages (e.g. faeces, vomit) immediately.
- Disinfect cleaning cloths etc. by soaking overnight in a dilute solution of Domestos Extended Germ-Kill, drying them thoroughly.
- Handle dirty nappies with care and ensure they are disposed of carefully, by putting them in a nappy bag before putting them in a bin-liner. Doing this ensures that any bacteria is less likely to cause further harm. If you use a nappy bin, make sure you use a bleach product such as Domestos Bleach Spray to clean it after use.