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Dr. Mike: How To Prevent Salmonella

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A half-billion eggs have been recalled because of possible salmonella contamination.

Dr. Mike explained on "Good Day," eggs can become infected with salmonella if the bacteria gets into a chicken's ovaries. "It gets into the eggs."

Salmonella can be prevented in humans by thoroughly cooking eggs. Dr. Mike said "if you're healthy it's not a problem." But Salmonella can be dangerous for young children and people with weakened immune systems.

Even though the recall does not include eggs from our area, Dr. Mike warned "the problem is these eggs are distributed in so many places and names, they may not be on this list."

Symptoms include: diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.

Dr. Mike told viewers to be sure and thoroughly cook eggs, so no sunny side-up eggs for breakfast. "You want to cook the eggs until they are really well done." Consumers should also avoid unpasteurized milk. Watch out for cross contamination in your kitchen. And be sure and wash your hands.

Two egg farms in Iowa have been linked to the salmonella outbreak.

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