OK, I have been a bit focused on the evil ways of Nebraska Beef Ltd., and E. coli O157:H7 over the last few days and have not posted much on the Tomato, hmmmm, “other vegetable” salmonella outbreak.  Well, it is good to know that the FDA and CDC are “testing numerous other types of fresh produce in the hunt for the source of the nation’s record salmonella outbreak — even as [they] insist tomatoes remain the leading suspect.”  See bottom right.

Well, as the FDA searches for the “killer vegetable," the CDC reports on the number of ill – Since April, 869 persons infected with Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint have been identified in 36 states and the District of Columbia.  The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows:

Arkansas (10 persons), Arizona (41), California (10), Colorado (11), Connecticut (4), Florida (1), Georgia (20), Idaho (3), Illinois (91), Indiana (11), Kansas (14), Kentucky (1), Maine (1), Maryland (29), Massachusetts (21), Michigan (6), Minnesota (2), Missouri (12), New Hampshire (3), Nevada (11), New Jersey (6), New Mexico (90), New York (26), North Carolina (5), Ohio (7), Oklahoma (23), Oregon (10), Pennsylvania (8), Rhode Island (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (346), Utah (2), Virginia (22), Vermont (2), Washington (4), Wisconsin (6), and the District of Columbia (1).