CDC: Tomatoes eyed in salmonella cases in 9 states

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ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. health officials say an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has now been reported in Texas and eight other states.

Lab tests have confirmed 40 illnesses in Texas and New Mexico as the same type of salmonella, right down to the genetic fingerprint. The Texas Department of State Health Services says 21 of those cases are in Texas.

An investigation by Texas and New Mexico health authorities and the Indian Health Service tied those cases to uncooked, raw, large tomatoes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say at least 17 people in Texas and New Mexico have been hospitalized,
but none have died.

The CDC says another 30 people have become sick with the same Salmonella Saintpaul infection in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, Illinois and Indiana. CDC investigators are looking into whether tomatoes were culprits there, too.
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