FIRST ON NEWSWEST9: Case of Salmonella Reported in Ector County

By Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - The Texas Department of State Health Services has reported a case of Salmonella in Ector County.

DSHS, along with state and federal health officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella due to raw tomatoes.

The types of tomatoes to watch out for are roma tomatoes, red plum, and round red tomatoes. However, cooking them at 145 degrees for at least 15 seconds will kill the germs. The FDA says raw cherry and grape tomatoes, and those still attached to the vine are not affected.

So far, 65 cases have been reported in Texas including the case in Ector County. Nationwide, there are 228 cases.

Symptoms include headaches, stomach pain, diarrhea, and nausea. Salmonella grows in animal and human intestines. The FDA says the bacteria can live in soil and water for months. The Department of Health tells us they haven't been able to pinpoint the source of the salmonella yet.

And so far, health officials say there's no end in site.