El Paso County Salmonella Case Linked To Tomatoes

By: Mindy Stone Email
By: Mindy Stone Email

The El Paso County Health Department has confirmed its first case of salmonella linked to the tainted tomatoes. The infected person is a woman who has since recovered.

Health officials say the woman contracted salmonella poisoning at a local food establishment before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned the entire country about the tainted tomatoes.

She was sick for two weeks. But was not hospitalized.

Her case brings the number to three in Colorado. The other two cases were in Weld and Otero Counties.

Nation-wide since April, there have been 383 reported victims of salmonella linked to the tomatoes. At least 48 of them have been hospitalized.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first warned the public about raw tomatoes in early June.

Consumers are still being warned to avoid certain types of tomatoes including raw red Roma, raw red plum, and raw red round.

Tomatoes deemed as safe include Cherry and Grape tomatoes, as well as those sold with the vine still attached, and those grown at home.

The FDA has also determined that all types of tomatoes grown in more than 40 states are safe for human consumption, including Colorado.

The Health Department says salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections particularly in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and stomach cramping. Consumers who have recently eaten raw tomatoes or foods containing raw tomatoes and are experiencing any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider.

For more information on the nationwide tomato warning from the FDA, use the link below to reach the El Paso County Health Department's website.

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