Last updated 3:55PM ET
December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Montezuma Salmonella Case Provides Clues
(2008-07-28)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: A Southwest Colorado resident has fallen victim to a salmonella outbreak linked to jalapeno peppers.
The case is giving investigators a major clue in the nationwide outbreak.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports:

VICTOR: A Colorado Department of Public Health Laboratory test has confirmed that the jalapeno provided by an ill individual from Montezuma County, has tested positive with the same DNA Pattern of the Salmonella Saintpaul strain behind a large multistate outbreak.
Alicia Cronquist is an epidemiologist with the Department of Health.
CRONQUIST: WE THINK THIS NEWS THAT WE'RE REPORTING TODAY IS BIG NEWS, BECAUSE IT DOES HELP TO TIE THE PATIENTS TO THE JALAPENO PEPPERS.
It's the first pepper linked directly to an ill person in the outbreak.
The pepper involved in the Montezuma County case was purchased at Four Corners Wal-Mart in late June and the individual became ill July 4th.
Cronquist would not say which store.
More than 13-hundred people in 43 states have been stricken by the Salmonella Saintpaul strain.
There are 16 confirmed cases in Colorado including two in Montezuma County.
She says all those who have become ill in Colorado have recovered.
CRONQUIST: THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATIONS GUIDANCE IS STILL THAT PEOPLE SHOULD AVOID FRESH JALAPENO OR SERRANO PEPPERS THAT ARE NOT FROM DOMESTIC FARMS. PEPPERS THAT ARE PICKLED OR CANNED OR PROCESSED IN ANY OTHER WAY ARE SAFE FROM ANY SOURCE.
You can learn more about the jalapeno pepper outbreak and safe food practices by going to the FDA website at FDA.GOV.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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