Salmonella has spread in 27 states after infested cucumbers were imported from Mexico. One person died and other 280 fell sick, health care authorities said.
Those who were affected by salmonella ate thick-skinned cucumbers (also known as garden-variety cucumbers) announced the officials. Though the people affected with salmonella regularly recover without treatment, pregnant women, adults older than 60, young children, and people with delicate immune systems are at a higher risk.
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, based in San Diego, distributed a limited edition of pole-grown cucumbers grown in Mexico. They are between 7 and 10 inches long, and dark green. Health care officials have not confirmed yet whether their suspicions are true and if the cucumbers are indeed the source of the disease, but they have contacted the company to learn in which states they have sold the product.
The incubation period of salmonella is about 1-3 days, when the first symptoms begin to show. Every year, about one thousand salmonella cases are reported in the United States. The most common form of salmonella is Salmonella Poona, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration continue to interview from the patients in order to find out where did the cucumbers originate from and attempt to remove them from the market.
Many of the affected people have been hospitalized. So far only one reported death was confirmed. The CDC warns the population that further distribution of the infested fruits may have occurred and advises them to steer clear from cucumbers until the outbreak comes to an end. The California Department of Public Health recommends consumers experiencing unusual symptoms after consuming cucumbers to consult their doctors.
Health care authorities said investigations to determine which are the particular companies that received and distributed the cucumbers in questions are still ongoing. The CDC have not yet declared which stores sold the recalled cucumbers.
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