Three cases of salmonella in Louisiana might be associated with the outbreak in 27 states that has affected 285 people, the Associated Press (AP) reported Sunday, citing Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The announcement came a day after a California company recalled its cucumbers linked to the outbreak.
In Louisiana, salmonella cases were recorded in the Baton Rouge area, the northeast and the northwest, the state health department said in a news release Saturday, according to the AP. On Friday, San Diego-based Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce recalled its "Limited Edition" brand cucumbers, which are produced in Mexico. Following this, the health department notified national companies with Louisiana outlets that might have sold or used the cucumbers, spokeswoman Ashley Lewis reportedly said.
The "Limited Edition" garden cucumbers were distributed in Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Florida; Idaho; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Minnesota; Mississippi; Montana; Nevada; New Jersey; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Oregon; South Carolina; Texas; and Utah.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one or two cases of salmonella were recorded in Mississippi, 60 in Arizona and 51 in California until Thursday.
The Arizona Department of Health Services reportedly said Friday that 75 percent of salmonella cases involved children aged up to 17. It also stated that Arizona cucumber producers have been linked to the outbreak. Washington state health officials reportedly said that the garden-variety cucumbers, which are thick-skinned and sold unwrapped in grocery stores, had sickened nine residents but no one has been hospitalized.