New test can cut salmonella treatment in half

SAN ANTONIO - Anyone who has had food poisoning probably has a good idea of what it feels like to have Salmonella poisoning.

"There's over 2 million cases of Salmonella each year," Pediatrician Dr. Shahed “Sky” Izaddoost, M.D. said.

In fact, most people don't even know they have Salmonella poisoning and simply wait it out.

However, a new test could soon make it easier to know, and get treatment.

"Right now our test takes 3 to 5 days," Izaddoost said, meaning someone with Salmonella has to wait that amount of time before they can be treated.

Izaddoost said a new rapid test would be able to give patients answers within 48 hours.

"We can treat patients earlier when they have Salmonella," Izaddoost said. It's good news for the patient but there's a catch.

The new test doesn't test for the strain, making it impossible for the Centers for Disease Control to track the outbreak.

"We wouldn't be able to isolate the strain of Salmonella and say this is the same bug that's causing all of these problems," Izaddoost said.  

The CDC is working to come up with a solution before the test hits the market.

Utilizing both the new and old test is an option, but Izaddoost said then the patient will likely have to pay for the extra test.

Either way, the new rapid Salmonella test should be available by early next year.

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