Salmonella sickens Jackson woman

By Stephanie Byars - bio | email

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - More than 1,000 people got sick from salmonella tainted eggs involved in a recent nationwide egg recall.

It's an illness you are hearing a lot about right now. A Jackson, Missouri woman's makes us aware of just how serious salmonella can be!

"I got up in the middle of the night with vomiting, diarrhea and a fever of 102 that went on for days," said Tammy Frazier.

Two weeks later Frazier got a diagnosis of salmonella.

"They had done a bunch of cultures and the last one showed up salmonella," she said.

Frazier experienced the symptoms of salmonella which are: vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and muscle aches.  It's an illness that took its toll more than Frazier could have imagined.

"From the 12th though today I have lost 23 pounds, not a fun way to lose it."

That equaled a 23 pound weight loss in just two weeks! Two weeks of misery.

"It's been extremely disruptive because just little things, cleaning dishes, making dinner; I can't stand up that long. I get so weak," Frazier said.

Frazier also has trouble keeping up with her young granddaughter whom she cares for.

Salmonella is most often caused by eating undercooked meat, poultry or eggs, like in the recent salmonella outbreak.  As far as she knows, Frazier's illness isn't from the egg recall. However, she has no idea how she got it.

"We have been through every day since before this started trying to think of everything we ate at home," Frazier said. "I have no idea where it came from."

Salmonella can only be transmitted from person to person fecally or orally. Some animals, like turtles, can also carry the illness. That's why frequent hand washing is so important.

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