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Salmonella and Tomatoes

Posted Nov 21 2008 8:41pm

The victim count in the tainted tomato outbreak leaped to 550  last week even as U.S health officials announced that the salmonella contaminant did indeed come from farms in Florida and Mexico. The whole scare seems to be over - "The marked increase is not due to new infections, but mainly because some states improved surveillance in response to this outbreak, and laboratory identification of many other previously submitted strains has now been completed," said Casey Barton Behravesh, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. - So it would appear that the tomato scare is over and most markets and restaurants are starting to return to normal.

Salmonellosis is an infection caused by bacteria called Salmonella. Most people infected with Salmonella develop fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps 12 - 72 hours after exposure. Although illness usually lasts 4 - 7 days and most people recover without treatment, severe illness may occur that requires medical attention and hospitalization. In these patients, the Salmonella infection can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites. In this situation, the infection can cause death unless the patient is treated promptly with antibiotics. Infants, elderly people, and people with impaired immune systems are more likely than other people to become severely ill.

ALWAYS WASH YOUR PRODUCE! Fresh produce has a natural protective coating that keeps in moisture and freshness. Whether produce comes from your garden or from the store, it should always be washed just before serving, to help reduce health risks. 

 Dr. Dominic Gaziano - Dr. G 
                The Feel Good Health Guy /  Health & Wellness Expert 

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