Alabama has joined 33 other states during the past week recording their first case of Salmonella Poona outbreak strain illness linked to imported cucumbers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update today.

"Limited Edition"  Pole Grown cucumbers/CDPH
“Limited Edition” Pole Grown cucumbers/CDPH

During the past week, 113 new ill people have been reported from 19 states, bringing the outbreak total to 671 cases in 34 states. To date, 131 people required hospitalization for their illness and three people have died.

The CDC says it is not unexpected to continue to see illnesses reported after the recalls, for several reasons. It can take up to a week from the time people eat food contaminated with Salmonella before they get sick. Also, cucumbers have a shelf life of up to 14 days. Some people may not have known about the recall and eaten the contaminated cucumbers after the recall.

Cucumbers distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce and Custom Produce Sales were recalled on Sep. 4 and 11, respectively.

Health officials advise consumers not to eat, restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell any of the recalled cucumbers. If you aren’t sure if your cucumbers were recalled, ask the place of purchase or your supplier. When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out.

Related: Iowa and South Dakota the latest states to report Salmonella cases

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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