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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cucumbers Sickens 732

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cucumbers Sickens 732

October 7, 2015 — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports another 61 illnesses and two deaths have been linked to Salmonella-tainted cucumbers imported from Mexico.

The total case count now stands at 732 illnesses in 35 states, including four people who died and 150 who were hospitalized.

One death and 192 illnesses were reported in California, making it the hardest-hit state. Since the last update on September 29, one death was reported in Oklahoma. The states of Texas and Arizona have also reported deaths.

Although most people infected with Salmonella recover without needing medical treatment, it can be life-threatening — especially for people with vulnerable immune systems. Children also have a higher risk of complications, and about 50% of illnesses were reported in people under 18 years old.

The outbreak appears to be slowing, according to an epi curve graph of illnesses. Illnesses since September 8 may be unreported due to the 14-day shelf-life of cucumbers and the delay in confirming that an illness is part of the outbreak.

Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, a San Diego-based company that imported the cucumbers from northern Baja Mexico, issued a recall on September 4.

The cucumbers were distributed to major restaurant chains like Red Lobster. They were also sold in the bulk-foods section at grocery stores, but consumers will have a hard time identifying recalled cucumbers because they did not have labels or packaging.

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