Tainted Peanuts: Seven salmonella cases confirmed in Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi has seven confirmed cases of the same salmonella strain that has sickened some 600 people and is being linked to nine deaths nationwide.

 

The state Department of Health says the confirmed cases of

salmonella typhimurium were in Forrest, Hinds, Rankin, Union and

Winston counties and involved people ranging in age from 2 to 85xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

years.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and a number of state health departments are investigating the national outbreak.

 

Officials have said laboratory findings indicate peanut butter

and peanut paste produced at the Peanut Corporation of America

plant in Blakely, Ga., are the source of the outbreak.