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Salmonella-Tainted Cucumbers Linked to 4 Deaths, 732 Illnesses

Filed October 12th, 2015 Lillian

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned of a salmonella outbreak linked to tainted cucumbers imported from Mexico. At the time, the agency reported that the outbreak was associated with three deaths and 445 illnesses across 35 states. A recent update from the agency indicates that 732 people have become ill and four have died as of October 5th. The most illnesses occurred in California (192) and Arizona (112).

Companies have voluntarily recalled garden cucumbers in light of the salmonella risk. Custom Produce Sales recalled cucumbers sold under the “Fat Boy” label on September 11th. The cucumbers were grown in Baja California and distributed in California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas. On September 4th, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce voluntarily recalled cucumbers grown and packed by Rancho Don Juanito in Mexico. The cucumbers were sold under the label “Limited Edition” and were distributed between Aug. 1 and Sept. 3.

According to the CDC, half of the people who became ill were younger than 18. Eating food contaminated with the bacteria Salmonella Poona can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people will recover without treatment, but the illness can be life-threatening without antibiotics, especially in children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. CDC statistics suggest that about 1.2 million people become ill and 450 die each year in the United States as a result of salmonella poisoning.

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