Idahoans Sickened by Salmonella, Thousands of Cucumbers Recalled 

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Idaho health officials hope consumers pause before putting together Labor Day picnics. The Idaho Division of Public Health issued a warning Sept. 4, saying at least eight Idahoans contracted salmonella from contaminated cucumbers, triggering a particular concern for cucumbers often referred to as "slicer" or "American cucumbers," distributed from California to several states, including Idaho.

According to officials, the sickened consumers are ages 2-82, and one has been hospitalized. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramps and fever. Six additional Idaho cases are being investigated. To date, 285 people in 27 states have been sickened, according to health officials

“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, an infectious disease specialist and Idaho Public Health medical director. “If anyone has eaten cucumbers and suspects they may have salmonella, they should seek medical attention immediately.”

Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce, from San Diego, Calif., has voluntarily recalled all of its cucumbers sold Aug. 1-Sept. 3 under the “Limited Edition” brand label because they may be contaminated with salmonella. 

Officials said consumers who have purchased cucumbers since Aug. 1 and are concerned they may have purchased contaminated cucumbers should not eat them, contact their market and determine if the cucumbers are part of the recall.
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