With the Wright County Egg recalled egg list expanded to include a second Iowa company, Hillandale Farms, many people are asking what are salmonella symptoms? How do I know I have salmonella? Are bad eggs the only source? Salmonella symptoms are similar to other forms of food poisoning, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Salmonella symptoms may take between 6 to 48 hours to experience after consuming contaminated food.

LANSING, IL - MARCH 22:  Eggs stamped with a 'P' indicating they have been pasteurized lie packaged for shipping at the National Pasteurized Eggs (NPE) processing facility March 22, 2006 in Lansing, Illinois. NPE has significantly increased production in response to requests from U.S. and international retail and food service operators with concerns about the spread of Avian Flu. The pasteurization process destroys viruses including Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu and harmful bacteria including salmonella.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The early warning signs of potential food poisoning and salmonella symptoms are:

headaches

nausea

vomiting

diarrhea

fever

abdominal cramps

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the effects of salmonella symptoms may last four to seven days. Most forms of food poisoning can be recovered from without the need of an antibiotic treatment. Remember, Salmonella enteritidis is a form of bacteria.

However, severe cases may require hospitalization. The CDC does warn that the elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are at higher risk for developing infections as a result of salmonella. Even the effects of severe diarrhea may require hospitalization and an IV to replace fluids lost.

A principal form of infection that can have serious, even fatal results, is if the salmonella spreads from the intestines to one’s blood stream. Should this happen, then other parts of the body could develop infections. This could become fatal, resulting in death, if not treated quickly.

The egg recall that now has been issued in nine states for the 13 brands of shell eggs from Wright County Egg based in Iowa was expanded yesterday to 380 million eggs from the original 288 million egg recall. The egg recall lists 13 brands suspected of salmonella contamination are Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. The Hillandale Farms brands are Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome Farms and West Creek. The number of eggs being recalled may double from the 380 million announced yesterday.

The egg recall include 6-count, 12-count and 18-count egg cartons of the above brands. The ‘Julian’ dates range from 136 to 225. The plant numbers are P-1026, P-1413 and P-1946. Dates and codes can generally be found stamped on the end of the egg carton.

With the Wright County Egg recalled egg list expanded to include eggs from a second Iowa company, Hillandale Farms, everyone should check to see if they have bad eggs. Again, salmonella symptoms will take effect within 6 to 48 hours off consuming contaminated products. Most people will experience headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and abdominal pains for 3 to 7 days. Most people can handle the salmonella symptoms with over-the-counter remedies and by drinking plenty of fluids. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems should seek medical attention immediately if they develop salmonella symptoms.

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