In theory raw eggs can contain salmonella -however the egg industry is very regulated and the chances are very low. Also if you do eat something with salmonella there is a chance that your immune system will kill it without you ever getting sick. I haven't seen any actual statistics on this as to what percentage will get sick. But even when a town water system is contaminated with something like e coli MOST people do not get ill).
The other thought is that raw flour can contain eggs for certain worms and insects. Weevils are common though as far as I know weevils do not infect humans and the eggs die in stomach acid. I do not know specifically what in raw flour people are concerned about but it is cited more and more frequently. However I have eaten tonnes of raw batters of all kinds over the years and never gotten sick. I also do all sorts of "dangerous" things like eat my eggs over easy (or even raw in shakes) and my lamb medium rare.
Oh good gawd people salmonella is "deadly"
As per the CDC:
"A person infected with the Salmonella enteritidis bacterium usually has fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea beginning 12 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated food or beverage. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without antibiotic treatment. However, the diarrhea can be severe, and the person may be ill enough to require hospitalization.
The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems may have a more severe illness. In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. "
So umm yeah if you have a weakened immune system AND are violently ill AND fail to seek treatment it may kill you -or I suppose if we run out of antibiotics, I know they are so rare.
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