The Lubbock Health Department is warning folks to stay on the lookout for signs of salmonella...especially with the Plainview peanut plant's recent news of possible contamination.
Salmonella has been known to grow on eggs, poultry, fruits and vegetables, and the best way to prevent the illness there is with thorough cooking and washing. In the case of peanuts, the best way to stay safe...don't eat the peanut products. Symptoms are much like the flu combined with diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Judy Davis with the Lubbock Health Department says if you notice these symptoms, see a doctor immediately.
"If the salmonella like any other germ finds a way from your intestines into your blood, it can cause a septic infection that can be very serious."
Davis also advises anyone who is ill with salmonella to not prepare any foods or drinks for others until the symptoms have ceased.