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Samonella food poisoning.
Hellraiser2469 posted:
Hey, can anyone please tell me how you can die from food poisoning? i would be very grateful :)
EricE_MA responded:
What causes death in food poisoning generally depends first on the type of food poisoning. For example, one of the more deadly food borne pathogens is E. Coli:0157-H7 which causes hemorraghic colitis -- it perforates your colon making your digestive tract bleed. It also causes hemolytic uremic syndrome -- blood cells die and lead to kidney failure. Another pathogenic disease, Botulism, causes nerves to fail to stimulate muscles. One of the causes of death with botulism is that you lose the ability to breathe.

Since you explicitly had salmonella in your title, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever are the most severe symptoms. Anything which causes diarrhea or vomiting can lead to severe dehydration and/or electrolyte imbalances which may in turn lead to death. If it is the typhoid species of Salmonella, high fever is the most likely symptom to lead to death.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD responded:
Often it is the elderly or very young or people that are already weak from chronic illness that are most vulnerable to the most serious bouts with food poisoning.

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