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Salmonella septicemia, recurrent

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Salmonella septicemia, recurrent

Salmonella is a bacteria often found in food such as undercooked poultry, eggs, and unpasteurized milk. It is also present in water, soil, kitchen surfaces, animal feces, and raw meat and on certain animals, such as reptiles. Because of the risk of salmonella, reptiles are not recommended as pets for patients with HIV, especially if their immune suppression is advanced.

Symptoms can include:

  • diarrhea
  • fever

Salmonella septicemia usually is treated with antibiotics. Drug therapy may be required for life to prevent relapses.