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DOH: Six salmonella illnesses in Washington likely caused by cucumbers

FILE - Pickles. (Max Pixel via MGN)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Six cases of salmonella in Washington were possibly caused by eating cucumbers, state health officials say.

The Department of Health (DOH) said the cases are affecting two people in Yakima County and people in the counties of King, Snohomish, Thurston and Pierce.

The last confirmed salmonella case was reported Sept. 15.

Five of the six people reported buying and eating English cucumbers from various Costco stores in Washington, the DOH said. These cucumbers were sold in three-packs of individually wrapped cucumbers.

The DOH is urging people who bought English cucumbers from Costco between the dates of Aug. 18 and Sept. 10 to throw them away.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal pain and vomiting.

The department also recommends properly washing fruits and vegetables before eating them.

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