Clark County reports Salmonella cases from cucumbers

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are continuing an investigation of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections potentially linked to imported cucumbers from Mexico and distributed by Andrews & Williamson Fresh Produce.

According to the CDC, 418 people in 31 states are infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Poona. Currently, Nevada is now reporting nine cases related to the outbreak, six of the cases are reported in Clark County.

On Sep. 11, Custom Produce Sales voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under the Fat Boy® label beginning Aug. 1. Unlabeled cucumbers packed into a black reusable plastic container and sold in Nevada since Aug. 1, are also included in this recall. These cucumbers were sent to Custom Produce Sales from Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce.

On Sep. 4, Andrews & Williamson voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under its Limited Edition® label during the period from Aug. 1 through Sep. 3, due to possible contamination.  The Southern Nevada Health District is advising consumers not to eat recalled cucumbers. Retailers and restaurants should dispose of the product. If consumers and retailers are not sure if their product is part of the recall, the product should be thrown out.

Salmonella is an infection of the gastrointestinal system caused by bacteria. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. It can cause severe and sometimes fatal infection. Children are at highest risk of infection. Young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are most likely to have severe infections.  If a person is ill with these symptoms and consumed cucumbers, he or she should seek medical care from a health care provider.

Updated information about this outbreak is available on the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/poona-09-15/index.html.

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