New Hampshire Reports Additional Case Of Salmonella Saintpaul
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces that it has identified an additional case of Salmonella Saintpaul related to the national outbreak, bringing the State total to four. No one has been hospitalized and there have been no deaths in New Hampshire related to this outbreak.
“It is unclear where exactly this patient was infected and whether or not it was tomatoes,” said Dr. Jose Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “It is also not known for sure if the cases in the United States are all linked to tomatoes, so the search is being expanded by the Food and Drug Administration. Here in New Hampshire we will continue monitoring the situation, trying to identify cases, and helping to pinpoint the cause as quickly as possible.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are expanding their search to include other items besides tomatoes because FDA has not been able to discover the source of the contaminated tomatoes and people are continuing to become ill despite the notice not to eat tomatoes. So far 923 cases have been identified in 41 states and the District of Colombia.
New Hampshire residents should continue to avoid eating the types of tomatoes identified as potential sources of this Salmonella strain because this can be a serious illness. The types of tomatoes considered safe to eat include grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and tomatoes still on the vine. Red plum, red Roma, and round red tomatoes may be linked to this outbreak and are still considered by the FDA to be unsafe to eat unless they were grown and harvested from one of the specific sources listed at www.fda.gov .
New Hampshire is on the FDA’s list of states from which it is safe to eat any tomatoes if they were grown and harvested here. New Hampshire’s tomato season will begin shortly.