by in Cucumber Recall, Salmonella

In their September 29, 2015 update, the CDC has announced that the number of Salmonella Poona cases caused by contaminated cucumbers has reached 671. These illnesses are spread out over 34 states, including Alabama with 1 case, Alaska with 13 cases, Arizona with 112 cases, Arkansas with 9 cases, California with 164 cases, Colorado with 17 cases, Hawaii with 1 case, Idaho with 22 cases, Illinois with 8 cases, Indiana with 2 cases, Iowa with 5 cases, Kansas with 2 cases, Kentucky with 1 case, Louisiana with 5 cases, Minnesota with 34 cases, Missouri with 10 cases, Montana with 14 cases, Nebraska with 5 cases, Nevada with 13 cases, New Mexico with 30 cases, New York with 5 cases, North Dakota with 3 cases, Ohio with 2 cases, Oklahoma with 12 cases, Oregon with 19 cases, Pennsylvania with 2 cases, South Carolina with 9 cases, South Dakota with 1 case, Texas with 33 cases, Utah with 51 cases, Virginia with 1 case, Washington with 21 cases, Wisconsin with 38 cases, and Wyoming with 6 cases.

Illnesses began appearing on July 3, 2015, and reports indicate that people are continuing to get sick, even after two cucumber recalls. The outbreak is mostly affecting women and children, with 54% of victims being women and 51% of victims being under the age of 18. Three deaths have been reported, with 1 death in Arizona, California, and Texas.

This strain of Salmonella is requiring hospitalization among 29% of infected people, which is higher than the normal hospitalization rate of 20%. Salmonella infects a large number of Americans each year. Symptoms appear between 12 and 72 hours after consuming contaminated food or water. The usual symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. In many cases, someone infected with Salmonella will recover on their own within a week. However, in the event that the illness lingers or worsens, it may be necessary to seek medical intervention. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.