Can I say Typhoid Fever is equal to Salmonella Food Poisoning to my Primary School Students?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    No, Typhoid Fever is Cause By "Salmonella thyphi" (Invasive) but Their are Other Salmonella Food "Poisonings", e. g. "Salmonella thyphium" (Sp?).

    BTW, Salmonella ssp. Are Members of the Same Family (Enterobacteriacae [Sp?]) as "E. coli".

  • 1 decade ago

    Typhoid fever is a contagious infection of the intestines that affects the whole body. It is caused by a bacteria called Salmonella typhi that is found in the stools (bowel movements) of infected persons.

    In developing countries, typhoid often occurs in epidemics (many people get sick at once). Most people in the United States get typhoid as a result of visiting another country where the food or water supply has been contaminated.

    Symptoms usually start 1 to 3 weeks after exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms include:

    high fever


    sore throat



    skin rash


    inability to think clearly

    Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause an intestinal illness in people and animals. There are over 2,000 known subtypes of the salmonella bacteria.

    Typical symptoms are diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, headache, loss of appetite, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Dehydration, especially in children and infants, may occur. Symptoms usually last 3-10 days. Some people and most animals may have no symptoms.

    The incubation period can range from 6 to 72 hours, with an average 12 to 36 hours.

    Salmonella is transmitted by fecal-->oral spread. The bacteria is shed in the feces (stools) of people and animals infected with salmonella. You get salmonella by eating food or drinking beverages that have been contaminated with feces from infected people or animals. You can also get it if you contaminate your own hands cleaning up animal droppings or handling raw poultry and meat then eating with your hands or putting your hands in your mouth. The bacteria may be easily spread within the family unit and between small children. Once food has been contaminated, the bacteria can live on it and if the contaminated item is not refrigerated the bacteria will multiple increasing the risk of illness. Heat destroys the bacteria.

    Salmonella is a very common bacteria. It is present on poultry, sometimes in beef and pork, and may be present in eggs and unpasteurized dairy products. The bacteria can be in a wide variety of animal droppings including mammals (dogs, cats, cows, sheep), reptiles (turtles, iguanas, snakes) and birds (chickens, turkeys and wild birds). Salmonella may be in untreated stream water.

    Salmonella is NOT spread by coughing or sneezing.

    Three years ago, scientists sequenced the genome of the Salmonella bacterium most familiar to Americans because of its role in food poisoning, Salmonella Typhimurium (Salmonella enterica var Typhimurium).

    Unlike that bacterium, Typhi and Paratyphi A can spread beyond the gut to cause systemic infections.

    So yes, some symptoms are the same but they are two completely different things and you cannot confuse them.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no their different, salmonella is a different strain of bacteria than typhoid but they do have similar efftects.

    Good luck.

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