A Salmonella outbreak at the University of Maryland has sickened three people, two of whom ate at a variety of campus dining spots before they became ill. Health officials are still trying to determine the source of the outbreak.

Salmonella bacteria live in the intestines of animals and cause illness when they are excreted in fecal matter that contaminates food.  This can happen if soil or water where produce is grown is contaminated, if intestines are knicked during the slaughter of poultry, or if an infected food handler does not properly wash hands after using the bathroom.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and last about a week. These symptoms include abdominal cramps, fever and diarrhea that can be bloody. If you are a student experiencing these symptoms, visit the University’s health center.

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