State Health Department reports fourth case of salmonella

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state Health Department is reporting a fourth Tennessean has been sickened by the salmonella outbreak that the federal Food and Drug Administration has linked to tainted tomatoes.

The government says the outbreak has sickened 228 people in 23 states.

The FDA has warned consumers against eating certain raw red plum, red Roma or red round tomatoes. Grape and cherry tomatoes or tomatoes still attached to the vine aren't linked to the illnesses.

No tomatoes grown in Tennessee have been linked with the salmonella outbreak.

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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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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