This webpage is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The webpage provides information and resources on Salmonella. Sections of the webpage include: "Salmonella Outbreaks"; "Report a Foodborne Illness"; "General Information"; and "Resources & Publications". "Salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called 'Salmonella'. 'Salmonella' germs have been known to cause illness for over 100 years. They were discovered by an American scientist named Salmon, for whom they are named. Most persons infected with 'Salmonella' develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the 'Salmonella' 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. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/