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Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

By on April 28, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued advice to the public regarding tainted cucumbers. A total of 73 persons infected       with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul have been reported from 18 states. 27% of sick persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

A total of 73 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul have  been reported from 18 states. The number of ill persons identified in each  state is as follows: Arizona (9), California (28), Colorado (1), Idaho (2),  Illinois (3), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (8),  Nevada (1), New Mexic0 (2), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (2), South  Dakota (2), Texas (6), Virginia (2), and Wisconsin (2).

Consumers a should always follow safe produce handling recommendations.


  • Wash hands with soap and  warm water before and after handling or preparing produce.
  • Wash cutting boards,  dishes, utensils, and counter tops with soap and hot water


  • Wash  all produce thoroughly under running water before eating, cutting or cooking.
  • Produce that is labeled  “prewashed” does not need to be washed again at home.
  • Scrub  firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.
  • Cut  away any damaged or bruised areas on produce before preparing and eating.

Among persons for whom information was available, illness onset dates range  from January 12, 2013 to April 6, 2013. Ill persons  range in age from less than 1 year to 80 years, with a median age of 23 years.  Sixty percent of ill persons are female. Among 51 persons with available  information, 14 (27%) ill persons have been hospitalized.

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