Authorities have identified the source of a massive outbreak of Salmonella Poona, linking it to imported Mexican cucumbers that have sickened 300, including one death. The outbreak of Salmonella Poona has been linked to over 300 victims in 27 states, with a hospitalization rate of about 33% of the victims. One victim, a resident of California, has died. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the victims began to present with the symptoms of salmonellosis on July 3, 2015, with the most recent reporting their onset as recently as August 26, 2015.
The CDC reports that the victims run the full range of ages, from babies less than 1 year old to elderly victims of 99 years of age. The median age is only 13 years, with children representing over half of all victims, and women presenting in much larger numbers than men.
According to the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department’s Mark DiMenna, there are at least 15 confirmed cases in New Mexico – the other victims come from Alaska (8), Arkansas (6), Arizona (60), California (51), Colorado (14), Idaho (8), Illinois (5), Kansas (1), Louisiana (3), Minnesota (12), Missouri (7), Montana (11), Nebraska (2), Nevada (7), New York (4), North Dakota (1), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (5), Oregon (3), South Carolina (6), Texas (9), Utah (30), Virginia (1), Washington (9), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (3). According to DiMenna, “we contacted anybody who we knew had gotten [the Mexican cucumbers] and asked them to pull them off the shelves.”
Noting the massive outbreak, Walmart and Whole Foods have already issued a recall of the Mexican cucumbers, and distributor Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce followed suit.
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