CDC Probing Salmonella Outbreak In NC and 17 Other States

Health officials say a salmonella outbreak potentially linked to produce has sickened at least 172 people in 18 states, including North Carolina.

Officials with the C-D-C in Atlanta think the bacteria may have spread through some form of produce. The list of suspects includes tomatoes. But the illnesses have not been tied to any specific product, chain restaurants or supermarkets. No one has died in the outbreak, which stems from a common form of salmonella bacteria. Eleven people have been hospitalized.

The C-D-C first detected the outbreak two weeks ago through a national computer lab system that looks for patterns and matches in reports of food-borne illness. The U-S Food and Drug Administration has joined the investigation and will try to help trace the outbreak to its origin.