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CDC says do not eat pre-cut cantaloupe - salmonella outbreak spreads to 34 states

Patriot-News - 12/4/2023

An outbreak of salmonella linked to pre-cut cantaloupe has now sickened more than 100 people in 34 states.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 117 have been sickened. Of those 61 people were hospitalized and two died in the outbreak that was first reported by the agency on Nov. 17.

The cantaloupes in question might have a sticker that says “Malichita” or “Rudy” with the number 4050 and “Product of Mexico.”

Numerous growers and retailers have recalled whole and pre-cut cantaloupes as well as mixed fruits and fruit trays.

The two deaths were reported in Minnesota. Illnesses have been reported in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Maryland as well as in other states. The states with the most cases are Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri.

“The true number of sick people in this outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses. This is because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for Salmonella. In addition, recent illnesses may not yet be reported as it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak,” the CDC said.

Adults age 65 and older, children younger than 5 and people with weakened immune systems are more at risk from a salmonella infection.

Severe symptoms include diarrhea for more than three days that is not improving, a fever higher than 102 degrees, bloody diarrhea, vomiting that includes not being able to keep liquids down and dehydration.

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