More people are developing severe salmonella outbreaks linked to cantaloupes

More people are developing severe salmonella outbreaks linked to cantaloupes

The public is being warned not to consume cut cantaloupes, including those in fruit cups, if it is not clear whether Malichita or Rudy brand cantaloupes were used, US health officials said Thursday after more than 100 salmonella cases emerged. all over the country.

“Interviews with patients and laboratory results continue to show that cantaloupe is making people sick in this outbreak,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an alert Thursday. “CDC is concerned about this outbreak because illnesses are severe with more than half being hospitalized, and people in long-term care facilities and child care centers have become ill.”

There have been 117 cases of salmonella among people in 34 US states, according to the CDC. Two people died, and at least 61 people were hospitalized. Canada has reported 63 illnesses, 17 hospitalizations and one death linked to the fruit, according to CTV News.

Earlier this month, whole Malechita and Rudy brand cantaloupes were recalled. That has since expanded to include pre-cut cantaloupe products from Kwik Trip, Bix Produce, Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market and Trader Joe’s, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people with weakened immune systems, older adults and young children are more likely to become severely ill from salmonella. The CDC added that 14 people who have become ill in this current outbreak reside in long-term care facilities, and seven of them were children who attended child care centers before they became ill.

The CDC advises checking with the store to make sure the whole, unlabeled cantaloupe is not Malichita or Rudy brand and washing and disinfecting surfaces that may have come into contact with the cantaloupe.

Symptoms of salmonella include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain within six hours to six days after eating the contaminated food. Illnesses can last from four to seven days.

Individuals at risk, including children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years of age and older, and people with weakened immune systems, may have serious illnesses that require medical attention.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the first cantaloupe recall of the pandemic on Nov. 9, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“If you cannot tell if your cantaloupe, including pre-cut cantaloupe or products containing pre-cut cantaloupe are part of the recall, do not eat it or use it and throw it away,” the FDA said in a statement.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded the recall notice to include certain cut pineapples, honeydew melons and melons processed along with Malechita cantaloupes.

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