ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – State health officials are now investigating after 15 cases of Salmonella have been confirmed in New Mexico. Officials say they cases appear to be linked to eating garden variety cucumbers that are grown in Mexico.
The New Mexico cases are part of an investigation into 285 confirmed cases from around the state. Seven of the cases are residents from Bernalillo County, two are from Dona Ana County, two are from Sandoval County and one case has been reported from McKinley, Santa Fe and Valencia counties. The cases affected people ages one to 65 from July 30th to late August.
According to the New Mexico Department of Health the cucumbers were sent to New Mexico restaurants and groceries from a produce distributor. Garden variety cucumbers have thick skin and are unwrapped. The Salmonella outbreak does not include the English or Persian varieties or cucumbers grown locally in New Mexico.
People who are at high risk for Salmonella include: the elderly, infants, pregnant women and those with who are immunocompromised.
If you have any concerns, contact the store where you purchased your cucumbers. Officials say if you are in doubt, throw them away.