Can Salmonella Give You Hepatitis?

Mexican actress, Monserrat Olivier was hospitalized recently due to a complication with salmonella and hepatitis. Hepatitis A is a foodborne disease that often happens in countries that have poor sanitation systems, which lead to the transmission of the disease.

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“I’m still at the hospital, I have double salmonella that affected my liver, and so I have a bit of hepatitis. I hate hospitals and I hope to leave soon,” said Olivier. We don’t know what exactly caused the salmonella, but typically the disease can appear 28 days after the initial infection and symptoms can start as early as 2 weeks of catching the virus.

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Hepatitis A is the only common foodborne illness that is preventable by a vaccine and it is one of 5 hepatitis viruses that can infect the liver. In the U.S. it’s not as common as it is in other parts of the world, typically affecting anywhere from 30,000-50,000 people every year.