Health District Reports Vegas-Area Salmonella Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County health officials say a Las Vegas-area woman has been linked to the nationwide salmonella outbreak.

The Southern Nevada Health District said Thursday the new case brings to 11 the number of people in Nevada stricken by the food-borne bacteria.

Federal health officials have said the outbreak might stem from contaminated tomatoes, but jalapeno peppers and fresh cilantro are
under suspicion too.

Las Vegas-area health officials say most recent Nevada cases have been in the northern part of the state.

District officials say they normally handle 100 or more reports of salmonella poisoning per year. Symptoms usually include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps lasting four to seven days.

Most people recover without treatment.

Nationwide, officials say more than 300 people were sickened in June, and two deaths were associated with the outbreak. About 200 people have been hospitalized.

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