Salmonella Litigation

A resource for Salmonella Outbreak Legal Cases sponsored by Marler Clark

Person-to-PersonView Outbreaks

Salmonella can be transferred from person to person.

In nearly every Salmonella outbreak-situation, secondary cases, or cases in which a person exposed directly to the source of the outbreak passes Salmonella to another person, occur. The method of transmission for these person-to-person cases of Salmonella is fecal-oral, and is particularly common among infants and young children who have not yet developed hygienic practices conducive to stopping the spread of Salmonella. Other person-to-person transmission of Salmonella has been known to occur between infected individuals and their caregivers, and between infected food handlers and people who consume the food they prepare.

A person who has become infected with Salmonella can shed bacteria in their stool for several weeks, and is infectious until Salmonella can no longer be isolated from their stool. Proper hand washing reduces the risk of transmission from person-to-person, and is essential for anyone recovering from a Salmonella infection, as well as for people caring for individuals with Salmonella infection and those changing the diapers of infected children.

Occasionally, individuals with Salmonella infection or another foodborne illness are asymptomatic, or do not display symptoms of infection. Person-to-person transmission often occurs within a family in which the primarily infected person is asymptomatic.