(TheConservativeTimes.org) – U.S. health authorities say the number of cases in a recent salmonella epidemic associated with contaminated cantaloupes has doubled since November 14th.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the current case count for this salmonella outbreak strain is 230 individuals from 38 states, with an additional 113 cases reported since November 30, 2023. The number of casualties from the epidemic has reached three, with another fatality reported from Oregon.
According to the CDC’s report, 24 individuals who were believed to have contracted the virus during the epidemic were staying in nursing facilities, and 23 children who had been infected were attending daycare centers.
Health authorities in Canada have documented 129 instances of salmonella associated with cantaloupes, 44 of which required hospitalization and 5 of which resulted in death.
The CDC has identified two cantaloupe brands, Malichita and Rudy, as associated with the epidemic.
They advise against eating any melon unless you are sure of the brand.
The government also warned people not to purchase pre-cut cantaloupe from stores including Sprouts Farmers Market, Aldi, Kroger, Trader Joe’s, RaceTrac, Cut Fruit Express, Kwik Trip, Freshness Guaranteed, Vinyard, TGD Cuts, and Bix Produce.
According to the CDC, recalled fruit should be discarded or returned to the retailer for a refund. It is recommended to wash any surfaces that came into contact with the recalled fruit after that.
Although most cases of salmonella will resolve without medical intervention, some need medical attention. To start, if you have a compromised immune system due to disease or medication, you must promptly see a doctor if you have any symptoms associated with salmonella.
If you are generally healthy and have difficulty swallowing, it is recommended that you see a doctor. In addition, it is important to see a medical professional if you have any symptoms, such as a temperature above 100.4 degrees, severe cramping, blood in your vomit or stool, diarrhea lasting more than ten days, weakening or dizziness, or a combination of these symptoms.
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