US: Multistate outbreak of Salmonella poona infections linked to imported cucumbers
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- CDC, multiple states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections.
- Since July 3, 2015, 285 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona have been reported from 27 states.
- 53 ill people have been hospitalized, and one death has been reported from California.
- 54% of ill people are children younger than 18 years.
- Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations have identified imported cucumbers from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce as a likely source of the infections in this outbreak.
- 58 (73%) of 80 people interviewed reported eating cucumbers in the week before their illness began.
- Eleven illness clusters have been identified in seven states. In all of these clusters, interviews found that cucumbers were a food item eaten in common by ill people.
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