New Mexico Salmonella Outbreak Count at 21May 27, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Officials In New Mexico Trying To Determine The Source Of Salmonella
The first cases of Salmonella Saintpaul were first reported in New Mexico on May 8, and since then, the outbreak has sickened people in McKinley, San Juan, Dona Ana, Curry, Socorro and Bernalillo counties. The victims of the New Mexico Salmonella outbreak range in age from 2 to 82, and some have had to be hospitalized. Another 14 cases have been reported in Texas, with several others in Utah, Colorado and Arizona.
Salmonella Is Deadly Type Of Food Poisoning
The New Mexico Health Department still does not know what may have started the Salmonella outbreak, and health officials are interviewing victims to see if there is a common thread connecting them. Meanwhile, they are reminding consumers to use caution to avoid Salmonella and other food borne illnesses. The department recommends that consumers cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly before serving, and avoid eating undercooked foods at restaurants. Consumers should also wash hands, kitchen work surfaces and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry, and they should do the same after handling reptiles or birds, or pet feces.
Over the last year and half, hundreds of people were sickened by Salmonella-tainted Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Banquet Pot Pies sold by ConAgra foods. In the past couple of months, Malt-O-Meal Cereal has been blamed for 23 cases of Salmonella, while Honduran cantaloupe was recalled after in was linked to more than 50 cases of the disease. Smaller outbreaks of Salmonella are reported on a regular basis throughout the country. Unfortunately, summer is often prime time for Salmonella outbreaks, as food safety is often overlooked during cook outs and picnics.
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