Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Salomonella outbreak spreads to 16 states

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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Cindy Swanson said...

This is such a bummer, because I LOVE tomatoes. Home garden tomatoes will be OK, but we don't get those till later in the summer here. Scary stuff!

Barbara said...

Cindy, we eat tomatoes like they are going out of style. I try to wash them really good and we always peel them. Hopefully, this will keep down the chance of getting salmonella since we don't have a clue as to where the tomatoes we eat are grown. But we do have some tomato plants set out and perhaps they will provide us with a good crop this year.

Cathy said...

I'm eating the little cherry tomatoes that are supposed to be okay. And I thought I heard them say the ones on the vines are safe. But I am being very careful.

Barbara said...

I look at all of them suspicious. But there hasn't been any trouble in our area, so hopefully they are getting good tomatoes at the stores where we have bought them. Bill has bought some at the little stands, too. None of them have bothered us so far. I just wish we had some on the vines already.