Wegmans Recalls Organic Salad Greens for Salmonella

Salmonella bacteria causes an estimated 1.35 million infections each year, including 26,500 hospitalizations, and is responsible for at least 420 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps and can begin as early as 6 hours after being exposed, or up to six days later, the CDC says. Some people may experience nausea, vomiting, or a headache. 

It’s time to call a doctor if you have a diarrhea and a 102° F fever for several days, or just diarrhea for three days that isn’t improving. Bloody stools, prolonged vomiting, or having signs of dehydration (dry mouth or throat, having a small amount of urine, and dizziness upon standing) are other indications you should seek medical help.

The potentially contaminated cat grass may be harmful for your pet. Cats and dogs can become ill from salmonella infection, too, says CR’s Mujahid. They can pass it to humans as well, according to the CDC. Common salmonella symptoms in cats and dogs include diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus, as well as fatigue, fever, or vomiting. However, some cats’ only symptoms may be decreased appetite, fever, and excess salivation.

If you have a cat or dog, the CDC says your best protection against salmonella is to wash your hands after handling your pet, their food, or their fecal matter, and avoid sharing food with your pet.