Confirmed case of salmonella in Spokane; likely linked to peanut butter recall

Published On: Sep 25 2012 11:22:12 AM PDT   Updated On: Sep 25 2012 11:32:25 AM PDT
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Washington Department of Health confirms there have recently been two cases of salmonella in Washington.

One of the cases is a teenage boy from Spokane and the other is a child from Thurston County.

Donn Moyer from the DOH said there is not a definite link between the salmonella cases and the recent peanut butter recall, but that it is more than likely related. Moyer said because of the time frame and symptoms, they are calling the link "probable."

Moyer said both cases happened six weeks ago and they do not get updates on patients' conditions.

Recently Trader Joe’s voluntarily recalled peanut butter that has been linked to 29 salmonella cases in 18 states.The peanut butter in question was Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter.

Salmonella causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain 12 to 72 hours after infection. Young children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems are most at risk to developing severe infections.