A salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico has killed one person and sickened hundreds in the United States, health officials said.
The outbreak has been linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce under the “Limited Edition” brand label, according to investigators.
Andrew & Williamson are recalling all of those cucumbers sold between August 1 and September 3.
The outbreak of Salmonella Poona has been reported in 27 states since July, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
Further distribution to other states may have occurred.
Of the 285 people sickened, more than half have been children younger than 18. The fatality occurred in California.
Arizona is among the hardest-hit. The state said it has identified 66 cases in six counties as of this week. Health officials reassured residents that the food produced in the state is not at risk.
“State and local health departments have been working around the clock with federal partners to rapidly identify the source of this outbreak so we can inform the public,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Salmonella Poona causes the same symptoms as the regular subtype of the ailment, including nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable.
Those who have eaten cucumbers are urged to see a doctor if they have severe diarrhea.
In a September 4 press release, Andrew and Williamson advised:
“Consumers who have purchased Limited Edition® brand cucumbers are urged not to consume them and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or to dispose of them. Should you have any additional questions, please e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org or call our toll free number at (844) 483-3864.”
CNN contributed to this report.