Salmonella Outbreak Reaches Texas

The salmonella outbreak has reached Texas. One case is reported in Harris County and one in Galveston County. Four other cases are reported across the state. Laurie Johnson has more.

Out of 486 cases of salmonella infection, only six of them are in Texas. That's according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Contaminated peanut butter products are being blamed for the outbreak, which is believed to have caused six deaths.

But Dr. Trevor Rabie says people should not be unduly alarmed.

"I think the first thing to do is to put the whole issue into perspective. Yes, there have been several hundred cases in the U.S., but in Texas there have only been six confirmed cases, or six reported cases should I say. So the chances of getting this infection is really very low; it's a very unlikely event to occur to any one person."

Rabie is the medical director of Select Senior Clinics. He says as with most infections, certain segments of the population are more vulnerable.

"The infection can occur in anyone, but it's most dangerous to folks that are very old, very young, or they have certain medical illnesses that make them susceptible to severe infections, in other words they have a decreased immune system."

Unfortunately there aren't many precautions to take aside from avoiding the recalled products.

But Rabie says the vast majority of people who do get salmonella food poisoning, get better within a few days.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...