Grand County salmonella case not related to tomatoes |

Grand County salmonella case not related to tomatoes

Restaurateurs can breathe a sigh of relief for now that the salmonella case confirmed in Grand County is a common strain and not the same as that caused recently by tomatoes, Grand County Public Health officials said Wednesday.Tests show the case is not an outbreak; it is a single isolated case. The recent case of salmonella sent a Grand Lake-area victim to the hospital for five days. Those close to her feared the salmonella was related to the Salmonella Saintpaul strain linked to raw red Roma, red plum and red round tomatoes, but it was found the illness could have come from any number of sources, stated Grand County Public Health Director Brene Belew-LaDue. A total of two Colorado confirmed cases linked to the national outbreak have been reported, one in Weld County and the most recent in Otero County.This week, several area restaurants have adopted policies not to serve tomatoes until the multi-state outbreak subsides. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises consumers to limit consumption of tomatoes to types not likely to be the source of this outbreak: cherry tomatoes; grape tomatoes; tomatoes sold with the vine still attached; and tomatoes grown at home. Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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