Second Death Reported in Salmonella Outbreak
(HealthDay News) — A second death has been reported in a Salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contaminated cucumbers and caused 341 illnesses in 30 states, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mexico-grown cucumbers were distributed in 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.
The first death, of a 99-year-old woman, was reported last week in San Diego, and the second death involved a woman who had other serious health issues, the Associated Press reported. The first woman died August 17, and the second death occurred in late August. So far, 70 people have been hospitalized in the outbreak. More than 50% of the illnesses reported were in children under the age of 18, and 58% of the cases have involved females, the CDC reported.
According to the CDC, the states where Salmonella has been reported include: Alaska (9); Arizona (66); Arkansas (6); California (72); Colorado (14); Hawaii (1); Idaho (8); Illinois (6); Kansas (1); Kentucky (1); Louisiana (4); Minnesota (12); Missouri (8); Montana (10); Nebraska (2); Nevada (7); New Mexico (18); New York (4); North Dakota (1); Ohio (2); Oklahoma (8); Oregon (8); Pennsylvania (2); South Carolina (7); Texas (18); Utah (30); Virginia (1); Washington (10); Wisconsin (2); and Wyoming (3).