Salmonella Symptoms: Am I Really Sick?

From cramps to nausea and diarrhea, food-borne illness can cause some pretty nasty symptoms. Most cases pass quickly. But each year, germ-tainted food puts 128,000 Americans in the hospital - and 3,000 in the grave, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recently, the Center for Science in the Public Interest evaluated each state on how well it tracked and reported outbreaks and issued a "report card" for each state. The results weren't pretty. Fourteen states flunked. Fifteen got a D. Is your state one of them? Keep clicking to find out.
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What are the signs of salmonella poisoning? (istockphoto)

(CBS) There are more than 2,000 strains of salmonella bacteria, according to the Mayo Clinic, but only a dozen or so make people sick.

Most often, salmonella poisoning results in gastroenteritis, a severe stomach illness.

PICTURES: 9 Signs of Salmonella Poisoning

But sometimes salmonella can result in typhoid fever, a disease with high fever and inflamed intestines, more commonly found in the developing world.

Salmonella is most often contracted by eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry, and eggs.

The symptoms, such as nausea, cramps, and headache, can often look a lot like those caused by minor ailments.

How can you tell when you are really sick? Check out our handy slide show.