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									                                                      SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS
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CONTACT:       SEDGWICK COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS
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                                                      316-660-9370      FAX: 316-383-7509

June 4, 2008                                                     Contact: Jenni Gluszek
                                                                          316-660-9370
                                                                          Kristi Zukovich
                                                                          316-660-9370
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                   Sedgwick County Health Department Confirms
               Two Cases of Salmonella Linked to Multi-State Outbreak

(Sedgwick County, Kansas) – The Sedgwick County Health Department is collaborating
with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials in several states, to
investigate an ongoing multi-state outbreak of human Salmonella serotype Saintpaul.
An epidemiologic investigation conducted by the New Mexico and Texas Departments
of Health and the Indian Health Service has identified consumption of raw tomatoes as
the likely source of the illnesses in New Mexico and Texas. The specific type and
source of tomatoes are under investigation; however, preliminary data suggest that
large tomatoes, including Roma and red round are the source.

Since late April, 40 persons infected with same genetic version of Salmonella have
been identified in Texas and New Mexico. In addition, approximately 30 persons with
Salmonella Saintpaul have been reported in residents of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho,
Illinois, Indiana, Utah and Kansas. Two cases have been reported in Sedgwick County.
Investigations are underway to determine if consumption of raw tomatoes is also
associated with local illness.


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SEDGWICK COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS       525 N. MAIN    SUITE 315        WICHITA, KANSAS 67203-3703
Symptoms of Salmonella include the sudden onset of fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea,
nausea and sometimes vomiting. Dehydration, especially among infants or elderly, may
be severe. A fever is almost always present. The illness usually lasts 4 – 7 days.
Infection is usually diagnosed by culture of a stool sample. Although most people
recover without treatment, severe infections may occur. Infants, elderly persons, and
those with impaired immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe
illness.


To prevent getting salmonella:


       •     Avoid purchasing bruised or damaged tomatoes and discard any that

                           appear spoiled.


       •     Thoroughly wash all tomatoes under running water.


       •     Refrigerate or discard cut, peeled, or cooked tomatoes within 2 hours.


       •     Keep tomatoes that will be consumed raw separate from raw meats, raw

                           seafood, and raw produce items.


       •     Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counter tops with hot water and

                           soap when switching between types of food products.



If you have questions or concerns, or would like more information, call the Health
Department at 660-7321 or go to www.sedgwickcounty.org.


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SEDGWICK COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS       525 N. MAIN     SUITE 315    WICHITA, KANSAS 67203-3703

								
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