MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nine Alabama cases of salmonella poisoning have been reported in a national outbreak linked to peanut butter.
State epidemiologist, Doctor JP Lofgren, said medical officials across the state have been sending patient cultures to the CDC, which determined they were the "Salomella Tennessee" strain involved in the other cases.
Nearly 300 people in 39 states have fallen ill since August. Federal health investigators said they strongly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of Wal-Mart's Great Value house brand - both manufactured by ConAgra Foods Inc. - in the outbreak.
Consumers should throw out jars with a product code on the lid beginning with "2111."
Lofgren said Alabama's cases have occurred within the past two months. But he said individuals who ate the peanut butter months ago shouldn't worry about salmonella because the sickness would have set in within 72 hours of consumption.
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever, dehydration, abdominal pain and vomiting.
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