Cucumber Salmonella Food Poisoning News – On May 8, 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that a total of 81 persons across 18 states had been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Staintpaul. The outbreak was likely linked to eating imported cucumbers. Reported illness onset dates ranged from January 12, 2013 to April 19, 2013.
The number of outbreak illnesses by sate was confirmed as follows: Arizona (2), Minnesota (1), North Carolina (2), Ohio (2), and Virginia (1).
Cucumber Suppliers Placed on Import Alert
On April 24, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacan, Mexico on Import Alert. Before either company’s cucumbers are allowed to enter the United States, the firms will be required to show, through laboratory testing, that the cucumbers are not contaminated with Salmonella.
Symptoms of Salmonella Infection
Consuming foods contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Salmonella, can lead to Salmonella food poisoning or salmonellosis. Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear within 12-72 hours after the ingestion of contaminated food.
In more severe cases, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and other body sites. This can result in death, unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.
The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to suffer severe illness.
A Stool Culture May Confirm Salmonella Food Poisoning
If you suspect that you have contracted Salmonella, or are experiencing Salmonella food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. If appropriate, he or she can order a stool culture to confirm Salmonella infection. A stool culture can also help link your illness to a specific outbreak and support a food poisoning lawsuit should you wish to seek compensation for your injuries.
Contact The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg for a Free Salmonella Lawsuit Evaluation
Attorney Eric Weinberg has helped victims of food poisoning outbreaks nationwide. We are ready to help you. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with salmonellosis, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights you can request a free food poisoning lawsuit evaluation by calling our law firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.