In their September 15, 2015 update, the CDC has revealed that the number of people sickened by Salmonella contaminated cucumbers has risen to 418. Over 90 people have been hospitalized, and two people have died.
Cucumber Salmonella Poisoning Cases
Cases of illness have been reported from 31 different states, including Alaska with 10 cases, Arizona with 72 cases, Arkansas with 6 cases, California with 89 cases, Colorado with 16 cases, Hawaii with 1 case, Idaho with 14 cases, Illinois with 6 cases, Indiana with 2 cases, Kansas with 1 case, Kentucky with 1 case, Louisiana with 4 cases, Minnesota with 20 cases, Missouri with 8 cases, Montana with 13 cases, Nebraska with 2 cases, Nevada with 9 cases, New Mexico with 22 cases, New York with 4 cases, North Dakota with 2 cases, Ohio with 2 cases, Oklahoma with 10 cases, Oregon with 8 cases, Pennsylvania with 2 cases, South Carolina with 8 cases, Texas with 20 cases, Utah with 37 cases, Virginia with 1 case, Washington with 15 cases, Wisconsin with 9 cases, and Wyoming with 4 cases.
This update follows the September 11, 2015 news that Custom Produce Sales would be voluntarily recalling all cucumbers sold with the Fat Boy label. This recall affected products distributed on and after August 1, 2015. These cucumbers were sent to Custom Produce sales from Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, a company that also recalled their contaminated cucumbers. They were produced in Mexico and distributed to California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Salmonella is a very common foodborne illness in the United States. It begins to show symptoms between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include abdominal cramping, fever, nausea, and diarrhea. In many cases, someone infected with Salmonella will recover within a week without medical attention. However, in some cases, if the illness worsens or lingers, then it may be necessary to contact a medical professional. This strain of Salmonella has an unusually high rate of hospitalization, with 31% of reported cases requiring hospitalization. If you or a loved one ate cucumbers and developed the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.