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Salmonella Enteritidis

Written by: Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of KentuckySource: https://articles.extension.org/pages/68113/salmonella-enteritidis-in-poultryFor many decades, it was thought that the interior of an egg (within the shell) was sterile. Recently it has been recognized that some bacteria may exist in the interior of an egg. One such bacterium is Salmonella enteritidis (SE), which can colonize the reproductive tract of the hen. The interior of the egg becomes colonized before the shell is added to the developing egg (see the article "Avian Reproductive Tract—Female" for more information on the development of eggs). A small percentage of infected birds may excrete SE continuously or intermittently. The excretion of this bacterium can be reactivated by stress.This bacteria is a public health concern. Consumption of raw or under-cooked eggs that have been contaminated with SE can lead to illness. Symptoms include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.
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