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Tomato Food Poisoning Outbreak in 9 States

Large raw tomatoes appear to be the cause of a salmonella food poisoning outbreak in nine states. So far the CDC has yet to figure out the commonality but the specific type and source is under investigation.

The affected states are New Mexico and Texas with 40 confirmed illnesses, 17 of these people hospitalized. Then comes Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, Illinois, and Indiana.

Salmonella is a bacterial infection that lives in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals. The bacteria are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces.

Most infected people suffer fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps starting 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness tends to last four to seven days.

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