Cookies Can Kill

Cookies Can KillCookies Can Kill

Be careful with those Christmas goodies; salmonella and other pathogens can survive for at least 6 months in cookies and crackers, according to research published in the Journal of Food Protection. Salmonella is a bacteria that causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12-72 hours after infection. Discovered by an American scientist, Daniel Elmer Salmon, it has been known to cause illness for over 125 years, reports Salmonella infection usually passes after 4-7 days without treatment, but more serious cases can occur, involving severe diarrhea, a spread of infection from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and sometimes death. In severe cases, hospitalization and prompt treatment with antibiotics are needed to bring the infection under control.