Thursday, June 12, 2008

Basin Consultant Get Salmonella

According to the Albuquerque Journal North:
"Basin Consultant Gets Salmonella

A California land-use attorney hired by Santa Fe County to consult on the Galisteo Basin oil-and-gas project had to leave Santa Fe this week after being diagnosed with salmonella, according to county public information officer Stephen Ulibarri.

Robert Freilich had to have his stomach pumped at Christus St. Vincent Medical Center earlier this week and was diagnosed with salmonella, Ulibarri said.

"We don't know where he ate," Ulibarri said, adding that Freilich was in Santa Fe with his wife and had to be flown home because he was so sick.

Ulibarri canceled meetings with various community groups this week when Freilich became ill.
Arturo Delgado, spokesman for the hospital, said the hospital had had only one case of salmonella, on May 31.

The state Department of Health said Wednesday it was investigating 68 cases of Salmonella Saintpaul in 17 counties of New Mexico. New Mexico health officials said 75 percent of those stricken in the outbreak by May 24 reported having eaten fresh tomatoes.

The FDA warned people in New Mexico and Texas not to eat raw red plum, Roma or round red tomatoes and to limit consumption to cherry or grape tomatoes, tomatoes with the vine still attached or those grown at home.

Victims so far have ranged in age from 3 months to 82 years. Ulibarri said Freilich is in his 60s."

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