C.D.C.: Number of ill from tainted tomatoes at 756
June 27, 2008
by Eric Schroeder
WASHINGTON — The number of individuals affected by the nation’s largest outbreak of Salmonella from tomatoes continues to grow. According to a June 26 update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people infected with Salmonella saintpaul has grown to 756, up from 552 reported on June 20.
"The increase in reported ill persons since the last update is not thought to be due to a large number of new infections," the C.D.C. said. "The number of reported ill persons increased mainly because some states improved surveillance for Salmonella in response to this outbreak and because laboratory identification of many previously submitted strains was completed."
The C.D.C. said the latest known illness occurred June 13, and at least 95 people have been hospitalized to date.