JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of people sickened with Salmonella across the country has surpassed 1,000. Healthcare experts say now's the time to be aware of the dangers the bacteria can pose.
Tomatoes were once thought to be the likely culprit of a large-scale Salmonella outbreak. Now, the scope has widened to include other foods.
"Tomatoes, peppers and cilantro are currently the food groups related to the serotype outbreak," said Linda Farris, of NEA Clinic.
While the source is still under investigation, one thing that's a clear fact, anyone is at risk of getting sick.
"Anyone under the age of one, up tom 99 years-old can get Salmonella sickness," said Farris. "It affects everyone equal."
Farris says symptoms can set in within 8 to 72 hours after initial contact with the bacteria.
There are some things you can do to prevent it. First off, you should always wash your hands. Proper handling of food is important and it's especially crucial to know your restaurants. While you can never be 100 percent sure, there are tools at your disposal that allow you to look into an establishments health rating with the health department.