Officials are still searching for the source of the salmonella outbreak that has been linked to 3 types of raw tomatoes. So far, several companies have taken red plum, red Roma and round red tomatoes out of their inventory.
Raul Rivera, a 67-year old cancer patient, died last week and the Houston health department has claimed that the salmonella strain was a contributing factor. Rivera’s wife said he was hospitalized after eating tainted pico de gallo.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that since April, 145 people have been infected by the same strain of salmonella. At least 23 people have needed hospitalization.
Salmonella is a bacteria that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and other animals. The bacteria can cause fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps and usually lasts from four to seven days. The elderly, small children and people with a weakened immune system are particularly at risk.
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