Another Death Related to Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

Another Death Related to Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

The multi-state Salmonella Poona outbreak has claimed another life.

A person living in Oklahoma is the fourth person to die after eating the contaminated cucumbers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The CDC is worried as they expect more people to become ill, given the long shelf life of cucumbers, and the delay in reporting the sickness to doctors if they do get sick.

cucumber1So far, the outbreak has gotten 732 people sick, and 150 people have been hospitalized in 35 states, the CDC said in its latest update earlier this week. Half of those who have fallen ill are children.

The outbreak has been linked to two companies: Fat Boy and Limited Edition. A voluntary recall of the cucumbers went out September 4.

All of the recalled cucumbers were imported from Mexico and were sold in 24 states across America.

Salmonella typically manifests from a fever, causing diarrhea and stomach cramps. While most recover after about a week, the diarrhea can get so severe it can put people in the hospital. Every year, salmonella is thought to cause 1.2 million infections, sending 19,000 people to the hospital. An average of 450 people die due to the bacteria, according to the CDC.

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