For Immediate Release
June 17, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461


MEDIA ADVISORY: Kansas Identifies Eight Cases Linked to Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

As of June 17, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has identified eight cases that are linked to a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul bacterium infections. Four of the cases are in south-central Kansas, two are in northeast Kansas and one case has been identified in both southeast and southwest Kansas.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 277 persons had been infected with Salmonella Saintpaul in 28 states.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued guidance on consuming raw tomatoes, which can be found at http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/tomatoes.html. Information about the CDC’s investigation of the outbreak can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/saintpaul/.

KDHE is coordinating with local health departments as well as the CDC to assist in the outbreak investigation.