September 25, 2016

Salmonella in Cucumbers Sickens 85 in Arizona, 1 Dead

Salmonella in cucumbers has sickened at least 85 people in Arizona, killing one of them, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The cases, which have been reported from Apache, Coconino, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Yuma counties,  are part of a 33-state outbreak that has sickened 558 people. The outbreak has been linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico and distributed in the U.S. by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego, California.  Three strains of Salmonella Poona are associated with this outbreak. Four state health departments – Arizona, California, Montana, and Nevada – have isolated Salmonella from Andrew & Williamson cucumbers collected from various locations. The Nevada, Arizona and Montana health departments have all isolated outbreak strains from … [Read more...]

Arizona Woman is Third Death in Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

An Arizona woman from Pima County is the third person to die in the 31-state cucumber Salmonella outbreak. The outbreak, which has sickened 418 people and killed two others, includes 85 cases in Arizona - thirteen more than the CDC reported three days ago. Sixteen of those cases are in Pima County. Most of the Pima County cases are in older adults and children. Four are adults over 55,  nine are children younger than 12. Six Pima County cases have required hospitalization and now, one of them has died. The woman "had serious underlying health conditions and died while being treated for her illness in an area hospital," the health department said. “This circumstance is a saddening reminder that illnesses that often don’t cause a high level of harm to most people can have a devastating … [Read more...]

Arizona Stores That Sold Cucumbers Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

With 66 reported cases, Arizona has been hardest hit by the deadly 27-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico.  Grocery stores in Arizona that sold the recalled cucumbers include Walmart, WinCo and Food 4 Less. Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego issued a recall for the cucumbers on September 5. The recall includes cucumbers sold at the these stores from August 1 through September 3. These stores have removed the recalled cucumbers from all locations.  Consumers who have any of these cucumbers at home should not eat them. Those who purchased and consumed them already should monitor themselves for symptoms. See a doctor and mention possible exposure to Salmonella if these symptoms develop.  Stool tests can determine if an illness is linked to the … [Read more...]

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