The salmonella outbreak is linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico
It has been reported in 27 states since July
A salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico has killed two people and sickened hundreds in the United States, health officials said Wednesday.
The outbreak of Salmonella Poona has been reported in 30 states since July, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Of the 341 people sickened, more than half have been children younger than 18. The fatalities occurred in California and Texas.
California is among the hardest hit. The state has identified 72 cases as of this week. Health officials reassured residents that the food produced in the state is not at risk. Arizona has had 66 cases.
“State and local health departments have been working around the clock with federal partners to rapidly identify the source of this outbreak so we can inform the public,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Salmonella Poona causes the same symptoms as the regular subtype of the ailment, including nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable.
Those who have eaten cucumbers are urged to see a doctor if they have severe diarrhea.