May 25, 2012 - 5:47 pm
Just wanted to update everyone. I am off antibiotics after a nasty bacterial diarrhea that left me reeling. Unfortunately, the ER never ordered the culture that they said they had done, so I will never know definitively what bacteria was involved in my infection. However, my GP told me that there was an outbreak of salmonella in my community at the time I hit the ER.
Guess what the last thing was that I ate before getting ill? Vietnamese soup with raw bean sprouts (I just love it).
I went to the CDC salmonella website (just out of curiosity) and the first article on salmonella that pops up is one called "Hold the Raw Bean Sprouts, Please". See
I have a sinking feeling that the bean sprouts were indeed the cause of the infection. The simple solution is to make sure the bean sprouts are boiled in the soup as boiling kills salmonella :-)
Just wanted to share, because, after my reading, raw bean sprouts are no longer an option for me!