9 Surprising Places Salmonella Bacteria Lurk

Salmonella poisoning isn't just a raw chicken thing. Here are other places to watch for it
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Vegetables can attract salmonella in many ways, Adalja says. A sick person working in the field may transmit it. Fertilizers can contain the bacteria. Cucumbers have caused outbreaks of salmonella poisoning, most recently in 2014 with 275 people infected in 29 states and Washington, D.C. One death occurred. CDC officials traced the outbreak mainly to cucumbers grown at a single Maryland farm. To reduce the risk of contamination, the FDA recommends scrubbing cucumbers under running water with a brush and drying them with a paper towel before peeling or slicing. Refrigerate promptly.

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