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Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak
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.