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Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Cucumbers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced 73 cases of Salmonella Saintpaul that have been reported across 18 states. The link appears to be exposure to infected cucumbers distributed by Tricar Sales, Inc. of Rio Rico, Arizona.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that may begin within 12 to 72 hours after infection. Illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. In some cases, diarrhea may be severe enough to require hospitalization.

No deaths have been reported, but 27% of the cases have required hospitalization. The youngest person sickened was under one year of age. To date, illnesses have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

There is no evidence that infected cucumbers remain on store shelves, and cucumber shipments from these produces will be denied by the United States customs until it can be proven that they are free from salmonella.

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