Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak Worse Than Originally Reported: Two People Have Died

Written by on September 11, 2015 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health, Prevention with 1 Comment

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By Korin Miller | Yahoo Health

Contamination usually occurs when the outside of the cucumber comes in contact with fecal matter, usually from contaminated irrigation water or manure.(Photo: Getty Images) 

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella from contaminated cucumbers has left two people dead and 341 sick, officials say. The outbreak, which was first reported earlier this week, is now more widespread than originally thought.

A Texas woman became the second person to die in the nationwide salmonella outbreak linked to tainted cucumbers sold by a California company, health officials reported Wednesday.

The woman, who already had other serious health issues, died in late August and medical records indicate that salmonella was a “contributing factor,” said Carrier Williams, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

A 99-year-old San Diego woman died Aug. 17, California health officials reported.

People in at least 30 states have been infected with Salmonella Poona after eating cucumbers from Mexico that were distributed by San Diego-based Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

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The outbreak began in early July and 70 people have reportedly been hospitalized. The CDC first reported the outbreak earlier this week, when it was thought to have infected people in 22 states. Fifty-six more cases have been reported since then.

Andrew & Williamson has voluntarily recalled its “Limited Edition” brand label because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Limited Edition cucumbers (also known as “slicer” or “American” cucumbers) have sickened people in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The CDC says the cucumbers may have been distributed to retailers in other states as well.


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