September 23, 2015 — The number of Salmonella infections linked to cucumbers has soared to 558, which is 140 more cases than the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported just last week.
In an update posted yesterday, the CDC confirmed 558 infections in 33 states, including 112 people who were hospitalized and three people who died — one each in Arizona, California, and Texas. Just over half of the victims are children under 18 years old.
The hardest-hit state is California, with 120 illnesses reported. Another 95 illnesses were reported in Arizona.
Illness onset dates range from July 3 through September 11, 2015. It is possible that illnesses after August 28 have not yet been reported. It can also take up to a month for health officials to confirm a patient is part of the outbreak.
The case count continues to grow despite efforts to recall the cucumbers. On September 4, San Diego-based Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce issued a recall for its “Limited Edition” brand cucumbers. A week later, Custom Produce issued a recall for cucumbers it got from Andrew & Williamson that were sold under the “Fat Boy” brand.
At least ten lawsuits have been filed, according to Food Poison Journal. In the 1990s, Andrew & Williamson paid a $1.3 million fine for defrauding the government by lying about the origin of 1.7 million pounds of Mexican-grown strawberries that were used in school lunch programs. The strawberries were linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A that sickened 198 school children and teachers in Michigan, Maine, and Wisconsin.
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