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US probes salmonella outbreak

31st October 2006

Lettuce and tomatoes have been listed as the primary suspects in a massive outbreak of salmonella that has affected at least 172 people across the United States.

Health officials investigating the 18-state outbreak revealed that although 11 adults have been hospitalized, no deaths have been reported so far. Investigations are still ongoing and authorities have urged people to exercise caution while consuming meat, egg and other fresh produce.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services spokesman ,Gregory P. Moore called the incident a 'national outbreak' and clarified that the illness was not associated with any particular store or product.

New Hampshire has been the worst affected, he said, with 25 people complaining of salmonella symptoms in the last two weeks. The Center for Disease Control and the FDA are jointly investigating the cause of the outbreak.

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