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CDC warns of Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes and pre-cut fruit products  

A CDC food safety alert regarding an outbreak of Salmonella infections has been posted:   

Key Points: 

  • Forty-three people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from 15 states. Seventeen people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. 
  • Interviews with sick people and laboratory findings show that cantaloupes are making people in this outbreak sick. 
  • Canada is investigating an outbreak with this same Salmonella strain and they found the strain in a sample of Malichita brand cantaloupe.  
  • Several brands of whole and pre-cut cantaloupes and pre-cut fruit have been recalled: 

What You Should Do: 

  • Do not eat any recalled cantaloupes and other fruit products. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them. 
  • Wash items and surfaces that may have touched the recalled fruit using hot soapy water or a dishwasher. 
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms: 
  • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F 
  • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving 
  • Bloody diarrhea 
  • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down 
  • Signs of dehydration, such as: 
  • Not peeing much 
  • Dry mouth and throat 
  • Feeling dizzy when standing up 

What Businesses Should Do 

  • Do not sell or serve recalled cantaloupes or recalled fruit products.  
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled fruit. 

Salmonella Symptoms: 

  • Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.  
  • Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria.  
  • Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days. 
  • Some people—especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems—may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.  
  • For more information about Salmonella, see the Salmonella Questions and Answers page

If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department. 

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