Boston, MA - The Boston Public Health Commission today announced that two cases of Salmonella Saintpaul have been confirmed in Boston residents. This is the same strain that has been associated with the recent nationwide outbreak associated with tomatoes. The Commission is continuing to investigate. Both cases are recovering at this time. These are the first reported cases of Salmonella Saintpaul in Boston this year.
In response to an outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul nationwide, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a health advisory recommending that consumers should not eat, and retailers should not sell, raw red Roma, raw red plum, raw red round tomatoes, or products that contain these types of raw red tomatoes unless they are sure of the source of those tomatoes. Not all tomatoes are affected by this outbreak — only certain tomatoes from certain states. A list of states affected by the outbreak can be found at the Commission’s website, www.bphc.org, and at the FDA website, www.fda.gov, along with a list of locations where tomatoes not affected by the outbreak are grown and harvested.
The most common symptoms of Salmonella infection are stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. Symptoms usually begin 12 to 36 hours after the germs are swallowed, but can start as late as three days after exposure. Symptoms generally last for several days. Some people with infected with Salmonella become sick enough to require hospitalization. If you are concerned you may have been exposed to Salmonella, please contact your health care provider.
For more information on Salmonella and to access the FDA advisory, please visit www.bphc.org.
- BPHC -
June 20, 2008