The number of victims who have gotten sick from eating cucumbers contaminated with the bacterium Salmonella poona continues to increase throughout the United States. The toll is now 671 victims in 34 states. Three deaths and 131 hospitalizations have been reported. California with 164 cases, Arizona with 112, and Utah with 51 lead the nation.
The illnesses occurred from July 3rd to September 21st. More than half of the patients were younger than 18 years of age.
The illness caused by this bacterium typically includes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that begin 12 to 72 hours after an exposure.
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego imported the cucumbers from Baja, Mexico and sold them from August 1 through September 3, 2015, in 22 states, including Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
The company has recalled the cucumbers, which bear a Limited Edition® label and come in a black, green, yellow, and craft-colored carton which reads “Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers.” They’re also called “American” cucumbers.
Custom Produce Sales of Parlier, California, has also recalled all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy label starting August 1, 2015, because they may also be contaminated with the Salmonella.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and state public health departments are investigating this outbreak. The updated number of ill people reported so far from each state is now: 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).
If you think you might be sick with a Salmonella infection, seek medical attention. Everyone who is at a high-risk of acquiring a foodborne illness—individuals over the age of 65, children under 5, pregnant women, or anyone immunocompromised—should pay especially close attention to the recall notice.
You can read the latest CDC updates here.
You can read FDA recall updates here.
More information about Salmonella can be found here.