NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil MEDIA UPDATE: The New Mexico Department of Health is issuing an update in its ongoing investigation of a Salmonella outbreak in New Mexico . Here is the latest information: So far, 39 people from nine counties in New Mexico have been sick with a strain of Salmonella called Salmonella Saintpaul. Several people have been hospitalized, and no one has died. Patients are from Bernalillo, Cibola, Curry, Don a Ana, McKinley, Otero, San Juan , Sandoval, and Socorro counties. People began to be sick on May 6. The Departmentʼs Scientific Laboratory has linked 28 of the Salmonella Saintpaul cases to the outbreak strain through a DNA fingerprinting technique. The lab is still testing the remaining 11 Salmonella Saintpaul cases. The Department continues to work with New Mexico Environment Department and the Food and Drug Administration to determine the source of the tomatoes. The Departmentʼs Scientific Laboratory is testing a wide variety of tomatoes from stores across the state to determine whether the tomatoes contain the same strain of Salmonella that has sickened New Mexicans. This follows the information the Department released on May 31. Look up: http://www.health.state.nm.us/CommunicationsOffice/documents/NewsRelease_salmonellatomatoes5-31-08.pdf. The Department will update recommendations as soon as more information is available. this came out a couple days ago..the las cruces area no tomatoes they have been pulled..and fast food joints are not serving them.it has spread to south west texas. I would imagine the rest of the state has done the same. heads up..