6 in 60: Number 44 – Salmonella

The last 6 in 60 on bacteria is all about salmonella, having a week away next week but there will be something new for the week after!

  1. It was discovered by an American scientist named Dr. Salmon, and has been known to cause illness for over 125 years.
  2. Salmonella is a rod shaped gram-negative bacterium of the Enterobacteriaceae family.
  3. Salmonellosis is the name for when you are infected by Salmonella bacteria.
  4. You usually get salmonellosis by eating contaminated food. Salmonella bacteria live in the gut of many farm animals and can affect meat, eggs, poultry and milk.
  5. Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella typhi.
  6. Swansea university have developed a way of shrinking prostate cancer cells using a harmless strain of salmonella bacteria.

The Sources

Facts 1 and 3 comes from the CDC page. Number 2 comes from this medical guide. Fact 4 comes from the nhs page. Fact 5 is from the nhs page on typhoid fever. Fact 6 is relatively new information but here is the bbc article on it.

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