Yes, There’s a Vaccine for Salmonella

Yes, There’s a Vaccine for Salmonella

Hopefully you won’t fall sick, but if something sketchy comes your way, there are now multiple treatments.

You may think of Salmonella as something you can only protect yourself from by ensuring your chicken is cooked thoroughly, and by doing things like always washing your hands after handling eggs.

I thought so, too. But two vaccines actually exist that fight against Salmonella poisoning.

In December of 2016, an oral vaccine against Salmonella was developed by a team of researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Why?

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Salmonella poisoning is one of the most common food-borne illnesses in the world. Each year, 400 people in the U.S die from it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1.4 million people fall sick with it. Of these, 15,000 end up in the hospital.

Even worse, in some parts of the world, Salmonella poisoning carries a 25% mortality rate.

Of course, antibiotics are normally the first option when treating the infection. As with other illnesses though, some types of salmonella are currently becoming resistant to them.

And if that isn’t enough to strike fear, some experts are warning authorities that the bacteria could be used as a bioweapon.

Back in 1984 in Oregon, a crazy religious cult intentionally contaminated restaurant salad bars with the stuff and made 1,000 people fall sick.

So, vaccines against the infection are welcome. Of course, it’s still a good idea to wash your hands frequently. And you’ll want to cook and store your food appropriately at all times. But if something should go wrong, rest assured that science has your back.

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