Tennessee now among states reporting salmonella from tomatoes

UPDATE 6/12/08 10:54 p.m.: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Department of Health says that two more people have been made sick by salmonella tainted tomatoes in Tennessee, bringing the state's total to three after a Health Department official announced the first confirmed illness on a Nashville TV station Thursday morning.

The two newly discovered salmonella cases are in Rutherford County and Williamson County in Middle Tennessee. The first confirmed cas was also in Williamson County.

A TDOH release says, "The Department has also been provided an update by the FDA and CDC that more than 225 people in 23 states, including Tennessee, have been associated with this multi-state outbreak of (Salmonella)."

See the related links below for more information about the nationwide outbreak.

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. -- Tennessee is now among the states with reported cases of salmonella from tainted tomatoes, Dr. John Dunn with Tennessee Department of Health told Nashville's News Channel 5 Thursday morning.

Dr. Dunn told the TV station that a Williamson County man is the first reported case of tomato-related salmonella in Tennessee.

News Channel 5 reports that the FDA is trying to figure out where the tomato came from, but it's not believed to have been grown in Tennessee.

Dr. Dunn told News Channel 5 that the man who contracted salmonella is expected to be okay.


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