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Scientists study nature's toolbox to identify and destroy Salmonella

by 5m Editor
12 May 2006, at 12:00am

US - When you hear the word “virus“ you might think of something that makes you sick. But scientists have found some good viruses - tiny needle-like structures that can actually make bacteria, such as Salmonella, explode.

Finding these good viruses, called bacteriophages, is important for agriculture. There are many, many implications and applications as scientists find new ways to understand and use phages.

USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university scientists have collected and identified some beneficial viruses that could help control Salmonella bacteria in swine waste lagoons.

Salmonella can attack the stomach and intestines causing diarrhea or constipation, headaches, cramping, nausea and vomiting, fever or blood in the feces. The young and the elderly can become very sick from eating food that contains Salmonella.

Generally when we think of Salmonella, we think of eggs. We shouldn't eat raw eggs because Salmonella could be present. But Salmonella also live in the intestinal tract of animals.

Source: The Prairie Star

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