Two people in California and Texas have died after consuming cucumbers that were contaminated with Salmonella poona.

Reports indicate that since July 3, the total number of cases has reached 341 people in 30 states--the majority of whom are under age 18. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there was a significant jump in reported cases occurring around September 4. The states with the most cases include California (72), Arizona (66) and Utah (30).

Thus far, 70 of the victims have been hospitalized. Generally, people exhibiting symptoms of Salmonella poisoning--including abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever--choose to treat their symptoms at home. As a result, it is highly likely that the number of victims affected by tainted cucumbers is far higher than what’s been reported.

It is believed that this outbreak is linked to “slicer” or American cucumbers that were imported from Mexico and distributed by San Diego-based Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The company has issued a recall for cucumbers sold under its Limited Edition label from August 1 through September 3. These raw cucumbers are sold in bulk in general supermarkets with no labeling or packaging.

For consumers who have purchased cucumbers, the CDC is encouraging them to contact their retailer to determine whether or not their cucumbers are apart of the massive nationwide recall. Additionally, the agency is discouraging consumers, restaurants and retailers to not consumer, serve or sell the recalled cucumbers.