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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cucumbers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections across the United States. A total of 162 individuals from 25 states and the District of Columbia have been reported sick with this particular strain of Salmonella, leading to 54 hospitalizations. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported thus far.

The investigation has identified cucumbers as a likely source of the contamination. A sample of cucumbers has tested positive for Salmonella, and further testing is in progress to confirm if it is the same strain causing the illnesses. As a result, Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. has issued a recall for whole cucumbers grown in Florida, specifically excluding English cucumbers and mini cucumbers.

Public Health Recommendations:

Individuals are advised not to consume any of the recalled cucumbers. Those who have recently purchased cucumbers should check with the retailer to determine if the cucumbers are part of the recall. If the source of the cucumbers is uncertain, it is recommended not to consume them. Additionally, any items or surfaces that may have come in contact with the recalled cucumbers should be thoroughly washed with hot soapy water or sanitized in a dishwasher.

Guidance for Businesses:

Businesses should not sell or serve the recalled cucumbers. They are also encouraged to wash and sanitize any items and surfaces that might have come into contact with the recalled product. Businesses can inform customers of the recall through in-store signage or customer emails.

Symptoms of Salmonella Infection:

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, typically starting within 6 hours to 6 days after exposure to the bacteria. Most individuals recover without treatment in 4 to 7 days. However, the infection can be severe and may require hospitalization, particularly in children under five, adults over 65, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

For further information on Salmonella and the ongoing investigation, individuals are encouraged to visit the CDC’s Salmonella Questions and Answers page or contact their state’s health department.

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