Salmonella is a type of bacteria that causes food poisoning or even typhoid fever in people and their pets. If you eat something contaminated with salmonella, you’ll get cramps, diarrhea, and a fever for a few days. Yuk!

Salmonella has nothing to do with salmon. It’s named after the American scientist Daniel E. Salmon (1850-1914), who isolated this type of Gram-negative enterobacteria in 1885. It's not good to eat raw eggs or meat because cooking kills bacteria such as salmonella. Salmonella also causes typhoid fever — people with typhoid fever can spread it around by accident, like Typhoid Mary did in the 1800’s, when she served food that made a lot of people sick.

Definitions of salmonella
  1. noun
    rod-shaped Gram-negative enterobacteria; cause typhoid fever and food poisoning; can be used as a bioweapon
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    Gartner's bacillus, Salmonella enteritidis
    a form of salmonella that causes gastroenteritis in humans
    Salmonella typhimurium
    a form of salmonella that causes food poisoning in humans
    Salmonella typhi, Salmonella typhosa, typhoid bacillus
    a form of salmonella that causes typhoid fever
    type of:
    enteric bacteria, enterics, enterobacteria, entric
    rod-shaped Gram-negative bacteria; most occur normally or pathogenically in intestines of humans and other animals
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