September 30, 2015 — An outbreak of Salmonella linked to contaminated cucumbers imported from Mexico has sickened at least 671 people in 34 states.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported another 113 cases in 19 states since the last update on September 22.
The case count includes 131 people who were hospitalized and three people have died. Just over half (51%) of illnesses were reported in children under 18 years old.
On September 4, a recall was issued by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego, California for “Limited Edition” brand cucumbers. On September 11, Custom Produce Sales recalled “Fat Boy” brand cucumbers.
California remains the hardest-hit state in the outbreak, with 164 cases of food poisoning confirmed. Illness onset dates range from July 3, 2015 to September 21, 2015. Cases since September 2 may still be unreported because cucumbers have a shelf-life of 14 days, it can take up to a week to get sick, and even longer to confirm an illness is part of the outbreak.
Outbreak case counts by state: Alabama (1), Alaska (13), Arizona (112), Arkansas (9), California (164), Colorado (17), Hawaii (1), Idaho (22), Illinois (8), Indiana (2), Iowa (5), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Minnesota (34), Missouri (10), Montana (14), Nebraska (5), Nevada (13), New Mexico (30), New York (5), North Dakota (3), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (12), Oregon (19), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (9), South Dakota (1), Texas (33), Utah (51), Virginia (1), Washington (21), Wisconsin (38), and Wyoming (6).
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