Second death reported in Salmonella outbreak
A Texas woman is the second person to die related to a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Poona infections stemming from tainted cucumbers, according to CDC.
As of Thursday, 341 people across 30 states have been infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona. Seventy people have been hospitalized and two deaths have been reported, one in Texas and the other in California.
According to the Associated Press, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services said the woman, who died in the state in late August, had other serious health issues though records indicate Salmonella was a contributing factor.
Investigators traced the source of the infections to have likely originated from imported cucumbers from Mexico. On Sept. 4, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under the “Limited Edition” brand. Cucumbers were distributed in the states of 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. However, CDC says further distribution to other states may have occurred.