UPDATE: More than 383 people in 30 states have now been infected by the salmonella virus.
Meanwhile, investigators are focusing on Mexico and central and southern Florida, which were the biggest suppliers of tomatoes at the time of the outbreak. "There is certainly a high likelihood that they came from Mexico or Florida," Acheson said.There has been a steady increase in the number of cases of salmonella that was linked to uncooked tomatoes according to the New Mexico Department of Health communications director has said.
The source of the tomatoes responsible has not been determined yet. But 50 more cases have been found. It has been determined,though, that none of the tomatoes were grown in Texas or New Mexico. The other states where cases have been reported are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
At least 23 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported, she said. Patients ranged in age from 1 to 82.
The rarity of the Saintpaul strain and the number of illnesses "suggest that implicated tomatoes are distributed throughout the country," she said.
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