Cucumber salmonella outbreak continues to grow

California cucumbers are being blamed on a salmonella breakout.
Courtesy: CBS News

(CBS News) – The deadly nationwide salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers continues to grow with health officials saying it’s hitting children and young people the hardest.

The investigation into the latest salmonella outbreak has identified cucumbers from Mexico as a likely source.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says so far two people –  one in California and one in Texas have died. More than 400 have been sickened. Nearly one out of every four has been hospitalized.

“A person infected with salmonella usually has fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea for about 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment though there are some severe illnesses that do require hospitalization,” said Dr. Laura Gieraltowski, epidemiologist.

The recalled cucumbers were sold between August 1 and September 3 and were distributed in two dozen states.

Children under 5, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have complications from Salmonella. More than half of those sickened are under 18 years old.

“Some people have more severe illness where the bacteria travels into the blood stream from the intestine where they may require antibiotic treatment and hospitalization,” Gieraltowski said.

The CDC says when in doubt as to which cucumbers are covered in the recall, customers should throw them out. Consumers should check the CDC website for specifics on the recall.

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