Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Whole and Cut Cantaloupes: What You Need to Know
In recent weeks, health officials in the United States have issued a warning following an outbreak of salmonella linked to certain whole and cut cantaloupes and pre-cut fruit products. The outbreak has resulted in 43 people being infected across 15 states, with 17 of them requiring hospitalization.
The affected products include Malichita brand whole cantaloupe, Vinyard brand pre-cut cantaloupe, and ALDI whole cantaloupe and pre-cut fruit products. Consumers are advised not to consume these products and to dispose of them if they have them in their homes. The products were sold between October 16 and November 10 and were recalled earlier this month.
However, it is likely that the number of people affected by the outbreak is higher than reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to states with known illnesses. Symptoms of salmonella infection typically include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, and can last for four to seven days. Vulnerable individuals, such as children, people over the age of 65, and those with weakened immune systems, may experience more severe illnesses requiring medical care or hospitalization.
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