Tomato Trouble: Salmonella Outbreak in Texas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN -- Health officials Tuesday urged people in Texas not to eat certain raw tomatoes because of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella.

Texas has 21 confirmed cases.

No deaths have been reported in Texas since the outbreak began
in mid-April.

The Department of State Health Services says consumption of raw tomatoes has been targeted as the likely source of the Saintpaul strain of the Salmonella bacteria.

Specific types and sources of tomatoes have not been identified.

Authorities say don't eat raw Roma or full-sized round tomatoes -- other than those sold attached to the vine or grown at home.

Confirmed cases of Salmonellosis were found in Harris, Fort Bend, Dallas, Tarrant, Hays and Cameron counties.

Seven people in Texas had to be hospitalized.

Dozens more got sick in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Virginia and Wisconsin.

All the local grocery stores News Three contacted say they have pulled the affected tomatoes off the shelves until further notice.

The Farm Patch in Bryan still has tomatoes available since home grown ones are not affected.

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