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Salmonella outbreak in cucumbers caused by untreated water leaves 450 Americans sick

The FDA has confirmed that the sample of salmonella found in canal water from Boynton Beach, Florida’s Bedner Growers Inc., which was not treated, was found by Bedner Growers Inc.

Salmonella food poisoning has sickened over 400 Americans, according to federal health officials. The water was untreated by a Florida cucumber grower.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration have said that the grower is not responsible for all the illnesses and hospitalizations related to cucumbers reported since March of this year.

FDA confirmed that the salmonella strain found in the untreated canal water of Bedner Growers Inc. in Boynton Beach in Florida matched some of the illnesses reported by more than 30 states. According to The New York Post, FDA reported that over 70% of people who became ill ate cucumbers prior to becoming ill.

What is Salmonella Poisoning ?

Salmonella outbreaks occur when two or more individuals contract this bacterial disease from the same source of food or beverage. Salmonella is found in the feces and urine of humans and animals. It can be spread by contaminated food or unsanitary food handling.

Salmonellosis is also known as a common bacterial infection that causes diarrhoea, stomach pains, and other symptoms. Experts say it’s the most common bacterial food poisoning that occurs in the US.

Salmonella bacteria can make you sick even if your stomach acid is neutralized and you have a healthy immune system. It destroys and invades the cells lining your intestines. This makes it difficult for your body absorb water.

Salmonella poisoning symptoms

Doctors state that symptoms of Salmonella can appear from a couple hours to several days after being exposed to Salmonella bacteria. Salmonella symptoms include:

  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • High fever
  • Stomachache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache

Is salmonella contagious?

Salmonella can be spread by a person, a pet or even another person. You can spread Salmonella by not washing your hands after using the toilet or when you are sick.

Salmonella is more common in certain groups of people.

Salmonella can be contracted by anyone, but certain factors, such as age, living conditions and medication, may increase your risk of infection.

Working or living around animals at high risk

This includes chickens and ducks as well as turtles and lizards.

Take antacids

Antacids lower your defences against salmonella

IBD: Living with IBD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease can make it easier to contract an infection.

You may have compromised immunity

If you have a compromised immunity due to another illness and are older than 65 years or younger than 12 months, then you are at high risk of serious illness.