CDC OUTBEAK UPDATE – SALMONELLA CASE COUNT REACHES 671 CONFIRMED ILLNESSES
Salmonella Cucumber Outbreak, CDC Update of September 29, 2015. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported that 671 confirmed cases of Salmonella Poona food poisoning have been reported across 34 states. This represents an increase of 113 illnesses since the CDC’s September 22, 2015, update. Alabama was the latest outbreak state to be added to the CDC’s list. Cucumbers distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce are the likely source of the outbreak.
The number of confirmed outbreak cases reported from each state is as follows: Alabama (1), Alaska (13), Arizona (112), Arkansas (9), California (164), Colorado (17), Hawaii (1), Idaho (22), Illinois (8), Indiana (2), Iowa (5), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Minnesota (34), Missouri (10), Montana (14), Nebraska (5), Nevada (13), New Mexico (30), New York (5), North Dakota (3), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (12), Oregon (19), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (9), South Dakota (1), Texas (33), Utah (51), Virginia (1), Washington (21), Wisconsin (38), and Wyoming (6).
One hundred and thirty-one (131) of the confirmed illnesses required hospitalization. Three deaths have been reported including 1 from Arizona, 1 from California, and 1 from Texas. The CDC also reported that 51% of those sickened are children younger than 18 years old. Available illness onset dates range from July 3, 2015 to September 21, 2015.
CDC Reports That Outbreak Case Total May Increase
In its update, the CDC stated that the outbreak is still ongoing. Because cucumbers have a 14-day shelf life and some individuals may not become sick until a week after eating a Salmonella contaminated food, it is not unexpected for the number of confirmed cases to increase after a food is recalled. Individuals may have consumed the contaminated cucumbers because they were unaware of the recall. In addition, it may take public health lab official 2 to 4 weeks to confirm that an illness is related to the outbreak.
Outbreak Triggers Multiple Cucumber Recalls
At least three companies have released cucumber recall information to the public for their cucumbers and products containing recalled cucumbers.
Public health officials caution that consumers should not eat, restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell the recalled cucumbers. If you are not sure if cucumbers in your possession were recalled, ask the place of purchase or your supplier. When in doubt, do not eat, sell, or serve the cucumbers in question!
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