Second death reported in salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers

A nationwide salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers has claimed a second life.

The Associated Press reports that a Texas woman who had serious pre-existing health issues died in late August. A spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services said salmonella was a contributing factor in the woman’s death.

A 99-year-old woman from California died Aug. 17, according to The Associated Press.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 341 reported cases of salmonella in 30 states since July 3, with 70 people hospitalized.

Strains of salmonella were detected in cucumbers grown in Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, a California-based company.

According to the company’s website, the cucumbers were sold at supermarket chains across the country from Aug. 1 through Sept. 3.

California had the most illnesses, at 72, followed by Arizona with 66 and Utah with 30.

The Associated Press provided a list of the states where salmonella has been reported, with the number of cases in parentheses:

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); 

For more information on the recall, read the FDA press release.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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