Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes and Pre-Cut Fruit Products
U.S. health officials have recently announced an outbreak of salmonella poisoning associated with certain whole and cut cantaloupes, as well as pre-cut fruit products. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that at least 43 people across 15 states have been infected in this outbreak, with 17 individuals requiring hospitalization.
As a result of the outbreak, several brands of whole and pre-cut cantaloupes and pre-cut fruit have been recalled. Some of the affected brands include Malichita brand whole cantaloupes, Vinyard brand pre-cut cantaloupes, and ALDI whole cantaloupes and pre-cut fruit products.
Consumers who have these products in their homes are advised to immediately dispose of them. The contaminated products were sold between October 16 and November 10, so it is crucial to check any recently purchased cantaloupes or pre-cut fruit.
While investigators continue to work on identifying any additional cantaloupe products that may be contaminated, it is important to note that Canadian officials are also investigating a similar outbreak involving the same strain of salmonella. This indicates that the number of people affected by the outbreak is likely higher than currently reported.
Salmonella infection can present itself with symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. These symptoms typically appear within six hours to six days after consuming contaminated food. Vulnerable individuals, including children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, may experience more severe symptoms that require medical care or even hospitalization.
Health officials are urging the public to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions when it comes to handling and consuming cantaloupes and pre-cut fruit. It is crucial to follow all recall notices and throw away any affected products to prevent the spread of the infection.
As investigations unfold, health authorities will provide updates and further information on this outbreak. In the meantime, it is advised to prioritize consumer safety and take appropriate measures to mitigate the risk of salmonella poisoning.
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