October 1, 2016

Fourth Person Dies in Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

A fourth person has died in the Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers distributed nationwide by Andrew & Williamson. The fatalities were reported from Oklahoma, Arizona, California, and Texas. There are now 732 people in 35 states who have been sickened, 150 of them have been hospitalized. That 28 percent hospitalization rate is higher than the average 20 percent. That could be because 50 percent of the case patients are children under 18, an age group that is at high risk for food poisoning and for serious complications of foodborne infections. If you ate cucumbers and have suffered the symptoms of a Salmonella infection, see your doctor.  Treatment can help alleviate symptoms and clear the infection. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Poona is not resistant to antibiotics. … [Read more...]

Salmonella Cucumber Outbreak Spreads to 31 States, 418 Sick

The cucumber Salmonella outbreak has grown to include 418 illnesses in 31 states.  At least 91 people have been hospitalized and two have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The contaminated cucumbers have been recalled from retail locations. But before  September 3, these dark green cucumbers, called “slicer” or “American” cucumbers, which are  about 7 to 10 inches long, and about 1.75 to 2.5 inches in diameter, were sold in grocery stores in bulk bins with no individual packaging, labeling, or wrapping. Restaurants also served them. Health officials used epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations to identify cucumbers from Baja Mexico, distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego as the likely source of this … [Read more...]

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