Salmonella Warning Extended To Pepper, Herb
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
Here's a quick update on a nationwide outbreak of salmonella. A new case has been reported near Las Vegas, and health officials this week added fresh jalapeÃ±o peppers and cilantro to the list of suspected foods contaminated by the bacteria. That list also includes some raw tomatoes.
Over 1,000 people have been infected with a strain of what is called Salmonella Saint Paul. Health investigators can link the cases because all the associated bacteria have the same genetic fingerprint.
Cases have been reported in 42 states. Texas has the most infections, over 400. New Mexico has almost 100. The Salmonella Saint Paul outbreak goes back all the way to April. Health officials still haven't pinned down its causes.
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