Idaho health officials warn of salmonella linked to California cucumbers

Eight Idaho residents with salmonellosis apparently were sickened by contaminated cucumbers, the Idaho Division of Public Health reported Friday evening.

The affected Idahoans range in age from 2 to 82 and became ill between Aug. 3 and Aug. 17, according to a news release. One was hospitalized but has recovered. Most of the cases were in central or southern Idaho, an Idaho Department of Health and Welfare spokeswoman said.

The Idaho cases appear to be part of a larger outbreak linked to contaminated cucumbers from California. In addition, six other cases, not yet confirmed to be linked to the outbreak, are being investigated by Idaho public health districts. Since early July, 285 people in 27 states have been linked nationwide to this outbreak.

According to the California Department of Public Health, Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego has voluntarily recalled all cucumbers sold under the “Limited Edition” brand label from Aug. 1 through Sept. 3 because they may be contaminated with salmonella. The type of cucumber is often referred to as a “slicer” or “American” cucumber and is dark green. They were distributed to Idaho, Utah, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, and several other states.

“We don’t know yet how widely these cucumbers were distributed in Idaho, so we want to make sure everyone is aware of the possible contamination,” said Dr. Christine Hahn, Idaho Public Health medical director. “If anyone has eaten cucumbers and suspects they may have salmonella, they should seek medical attention immediately.”

Consumers who have bought cucumbers since Aug. 1 and are concerned they may be contaminated should not eat them but can contact the store where they made the purchase to determine if they are included in the recall, the Idaho Division of Public Health reports.

Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5 to 7 days, but some cases may require hospitalization.