The outbreak has sickened at least 838 people, including 165 who were hospitalized and four who died. Connecticut and New Hampshire were added to the list of states reporting illnesses, bringing the total number of states involved to 38.
The outbreak strain, Salmonella Poona, has been linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico. The CDC continues to investigate the source of the ongoing illnesses.
The agency released an updated epi curve of illnesses, warning:
“The number of reported illnesses has declined substantially since the peak of illnesses in August and September; however, it has not returned to the number of reported illnesses that we would expect to see (about 5 every month).”
Within days of the first recall, two lawsuits were filed in Minnesota by people who were diagnosed with Salmonella after eating cucumbers in salads at Red Lobster.
The type of cucumber is often referred to as a “slicer” or “American” cucumber. It is dark green in color, typically 7-10″ long, and is sold at grocery stores in the bulk section without individual packaging or wrapping.
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