Tennessee Health Department investigating 3 salmonella cases - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tennessee Health Department investigating 3 salmonella cases

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Health Department is investigating three people sickened in Williamson and Rutherford counties by the same type of salmonella associated with the national outbreak of tainted tomatoes.

The outbreak has sickened at least 228 people in 23 states since April.

Tennessee Health Department official Dr. John Dunn didn't give details of the cases to The Associated Press on Thursday. But he did say a surveillance is being done of the state to see whether there are other cases.

The FDA has warned consumers against eating certain raw tomatoes: red plum, red Roma or round. Grape and cherry tomatoes or tomatoes still attached to the vine aren't linked to the illnesses.

Salmonella sickens about 1.4 million people a year. Health officials say most people recover without treatment in four to seven days.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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