Health officials warned consumers about an outbreak of salmonella in raw tomatoes

Health officials warned consumers about an outbreak of salmonella in raw tomatoes

It has been reported that Health officials have warned consumers about an outbreak of salmonella in raw tomatoes, after the illness of one woman in Contra Costa County and 144 other infections nationwide. It’s said that the source of the tomatoes is still unknown, but officials believe that the large tomatoes, including Roma and round red, are carrying the strain, Salmonella stereotype Saintpaul, that has infected 145 people since mid-April. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the Red plum tomatoes may also be affected.

It’s said that the majority of the infections have occurred in New Mexico and Texas, but cases also have been reported in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Salmonella is characterized by diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramps that occur within 12 to 72 hours of infection. It’s said that the illness lasts for around four to seven days and is usually diagnosed by culturing a stool sample. While most people do not need treatment, the disease can be dangerous to infants, elderly people and those with impaired immune systems.

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