4 dead, 834 sick from Salmonella in cucumbers from Mexico

Who knew cucumbers could be so vile?

cucumber.spain,MEPThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control, multiple states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations identified cucumbers imported from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce as a likely source of the infections in this outbreak.

Two recalls of cucumbers that may be contaminated with Salmonella were announced as a result of this investigation: Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce and Custom Produce Sales.

838 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona have been reported from 38 states, an increase of 71 cases since the last update on October 14.

165 ill people have been hospitalized, and four deaths have been reported from Arizona (1), California (1), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (1).