The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says whole and pre-cut cantaloupes have caused dozens of cases of salmonella infections, including 17 hospitalizations, in 15 states and Canada.
Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, and the illness can begin six hours to six days after the bacteria is swallowed, according to the “healthline” website. Center for Disease Control.
The most recent outbreak began on November 6. The agency said Friday that a total of 43 cases have been reported, but it is possible that many more people have been infected with the disease.
In Canada, authorities found salmonella bacteria on cantaloupes coming from Mexico, which were genetically linked to the strain that makes people sick.
Contaminated cantaloupes were sold at several retailers. As a result of the investigation, whole Malichita brand cantaloupes from Mexico – sold in stores between October 16 and October 23 – have been recalled, as have cantaloupes and Vinyard brand pre-cut fruit products sold in Oklahoma between October 30 and November 10.
Aldi stores have recalled whole and pre-cut cantaloupe and fruit products sold in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin from October 27 to October 31.
The CDC advises people not to eat or serve the recalled fruit. It is also important to wash and sanitize any surfaces you may come into contact with. Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms of severe illness such as bloody diarrhea, high temperature, or dehydration.