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2/15/07-Tyler

Salmonella Linked To Peanut Butter: Learn More About Salmonella

Peanut butter is one of those staple items that most people have at their home.   Some East Texans checked their pantry this morning to see if their peanut butter had the product code numbers 2111.  

Brenda Elrod from the Northeast Texas Public Health District says no cases of salmonella have been linked to peanut butter in our area; however, she says the FDA is investigating to find the source of the salmonella.  

"They have tested the peanut butter and they had not found any of the salmonella bacteria in the peanut butter but there is still something that they are worried about. That's why they are asking for the recall," says Elrod.

She says the health district is going to review all salmonella cases that have been reported since May to see if there's any link to the peanut butter in our area.

According to the CDC, almost 300 cases of salmonella, linked to eating the peanut butter, have been reported in 39 states since August... but you might not know much about salmonella.

KLTV 7 explains what it is and how you know if you're infected.

"Salmonella is a very common bacteria that affects a variety of different foods but we find it in the food supply mostly associated with animals," says Dr. Ed Dominguez.

But finding salmonella in a non-cookable food like peanut butter is rare. Dr. Ed says he has not seen any of the Salmonella Tennessee cases.

"We have seen a lot of people recently with gastric intestinal disease and fever which is not really common during the winter.  It is my guess that we might have already encountered people with this type of illness," says Dr. Ed.

The symptoms of salmonella are fairly common:  diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

"These will occur usually within 72 hours of eating the offending agent. If it was the peanut butter that would be the case. The symptoms will generally last from 5 to 7 days. And for the vast number of people, and I mean the large percent probably over 90%, no specific therapy is indicated because the body will get rid of it. The type of strained seen in this outbreak-Salmonella Tennessee - is not a strong strain," says Dr. Ed.

His best advice, if you think you are sick from eating the recalled peanut butter call your doctor.

"If you have been sick and think you have been exposed but you are better now. There is nothing you need to do. I would avoid the peanut butter until we get the green light from the FDA.  I personally think people should back off peanut butter in general not just that brand but all the others for at least a week until we make sure there are not more," says Dr. Ed.

Less than 300 people have been identified with the infection that's a low number considering how many people eat peanut butter.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com

 

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