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Salmonella Scare
(2008-06-10)
(wgvu) - The Kent County Health Department is working with the Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Department of Agriculture to determine possible sources of a salmonella infection that is part of a nationwide outbreak associated with certain types of tomatoes.

The first Michigan case surfaced in a 46-year-old male who lives in Kent County. He was not hospitalized and has recovered.

Michigan is one of 17 states associated with the outbreak of salmonellosis, an infection with the bacteria salmonella.

Since mid-April, 167 cases have been reported, and 23 patients have been hospitalized. The outbreak appears to be linked to consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes.

The specific type and source of tomatoes are under investigation, but preliminary data suggest that raw red plum, raw red Roma, or raw round red tomatoes are the cause.

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advises consumers to limit tomato consumption to tomatoes that have not been implicated in the outbreak, such as cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached, and tomatoes grown at home.

Other recommendations include refrigerating tomatoes, avoiding purchase of bruised or damaged tomatoes, discarding tomatoes that appear spoiled, and thoroughly washing all tomatoes under running water.

Salmonellosis is an infection that can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment.

Every year, approximately 40,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in the United States. Because many milder cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections may be thirty or more times greater. Salmonellosis is more common in the summer than winter.

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