A total of 145 people in the U-S have become ill with a salmonella food poisoning outbreak that is possibly linked to eating raw tomatoes. There have been no confirmed cases in Nebraska but tests are being conducted on one person for the possibility of contamination. This strain is called the “Saintpaul” infection which causes diarrhea and stomach cramping anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after consumption. The symptoms last anywhere from four to seven days. Dr. Adi Pour with the Douglas County Health Department says it may be best to avoid the large, round, red varieties of the fruit right now as well as the roma variety. She says it is fine to eat cherry or grape tomatoes as well as those in stores that are still on the vine. Health officials are looking into whether a contamination was caused by run off from a livestock operation. Salmonella is a bacteria found in the intestinal tract of humans and animals. Dr. Pour suggests that you remember food safety when storing and consuming all fruits and vegetables. That includes washing them and refrigerating them within two hours after purchase.
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