The City of Lubbock Health Department received notification from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region One office on June 26, 2008 that there are a total of four confirmed cases of a bacterial infection called Salmonella, serotype Saintpaul in Lubbock County that are related to the current nationwide outbreak.
There is not a cluster of cases at this time in Lubbock, as these cases do not have a common source of exposure. Two of the four cases were most likely exposed during out of town travel.
As of June 26, 2008, there have been 756 confirmed cases in 34 states and the District of Columbia. This does not necessarily indicate a large number of new cases, as many of these reflect lab confirmation of existing cases. Illness onset dates range from April 10, 2008 to June 13, 2008.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigators have determined that the source of the outbreak is field grown, raw tomatoes from an as yet unknown location. FDA officials are currently conducting investigations on site at various locations in an attempt to identify the source.
The government is now rechecking whether tainted tomatoes are really to blame for the salmonella outbreak. People are still getting sick. Federal health officials are warning that whatever is making people ill could still be on the market.
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