Another 77 Illnesses Linked to Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

Another 77 Illnesses Linked to Cucumber Salmonella OutbreakSeptember 16, 2015 — Another 77 cases of Salmonella have been linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico, according to an update from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

A total of 418 cases have been reported in 31 states, including 91 people who were hospitalized and two people who died. The hardest-hit states are California (89 cases) and Arizona (72 cases). The deaths were reported in California and Texas (one each). About half of the victims (52%) are children under 18 years old.

Illnesses that began after August 22 may not have been reported yet, which means the case count could still grow.

Investigators have identified the outbreak strain as Salmonella Poona and traced it to cucumbers imported from northern Baja Mexico by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The company issued a recall on September 4.

On September 11, Custom Produce issued another recall for Fat Boy® brand and unlabeled cucumbers since August 1.

The cucumbers were distributed to major grocery stores and restaurant chains like Red Lobster throughout the United States. Because they were packaged in cartons and sold in the bulk section, customers will have a hard time linking their cucumbers to the recall.

Food poisoning with Salmonella causes a gastrointestinal illness that usually lasts 4-7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some cases, the diarrhea is so severe that the patient must be hospitalized. Salmonella can also spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and cause sepsis or even death.

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