Seventh Tennessean sickened by salmonella - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Seventh Tennessean sickened by salmonella

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Department of Health reports that a seventh Tennessean has been sickened by the salmonella outbreak linked to tainted tomatoes.

The federal Food and Drug Administration announced plans this week to test numerous other types of fresh produce in the hunt for the source of the nation's record salmonella outbreak, though tomatoes remain the leading suspect.

State health officials released a statement on Thursday saying the latest case involves a resident of Davidson County, who is believed to have become ill in early June.

No tomatoes grown in Tennessee have been linked with the salmonella outbreak, which has affected at least 869 people in over 30 states.

Salmonella sickens about 1.4 million people a year. Health officials say most people recover without treatment in four to seven days although the illness can be fatal in young children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems.


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