838 people sick from cucumber salmonella outbreak

Cucumbers linked to salmonella outbreak CDC says

A salmonella outbreak linked to imported cucumbers has sickened 838 people in 38 states, according to the CDC. 

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

In the first update in about a month, federal health officials say 71 more people sick with the Salmonella Poona outbreak strain have been reported from 23 states, bringing the total cases to 838.

A CDC timeline suggests that it takes an average of two to four weeks to confirm whether a person is part of an outbreak or is simply an isolated case.

The investigation into the source of these recent illnesses is ongoing.

Previously, the advice was to discard any of these cucumbers and not to use them or consume them.

If you happen to be in possession of one of the recalled items, the CDC advises disposing of the cucumbers and sanitizing anywhere, they were stored. The CDC said it is unlikely that recalled cucumbers are still in homes or available in restaurants or grocery stores.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Those infected are usually sick for four to seven days.