The Food and Drug Administration warned yesterday not to eat alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts from Evergreen Produce of Moyie Springs, Idaho. The sprouts are possibly linked to at least 20 reported cases, including one hospitalization, of salmonella in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington.
Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to become severely ill from salmonella.