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CDC Reports Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Cantaloupes

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Hospitalizations and Deaths Reported

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 45 people have been hospitalized due to a recent outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to cantaloupes. The outbreak began on November 24 and has affected multiple states across the country. Unfortunately, two deaths have also been reported, both in Minnesota.

Recall Advisory Issued

The CDC advisory states that the recall was initially issued on November 17, after it was discovered that certain cantaloupes were contaminated with Salmonella. The advisory warns that the true number of sick individuals is likely much higher than reported, as many people recover without seeking medical care or being tested for Salmonella. Additionally, it may take several weeks to determine if a person's illness is part of the outbreak.

States Affected and Canadian Infections

The number of cases in each state affected by the outbreak are as follows: Arkansas (1), Arizona (7), California (1), Colorado (2), Georgia (3), Iowa (5), Illinois (4), Indiana (2), Kentucky (5), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (13), Missouri (9), Mississippi (1), North Carolina (2), Nebraska (4), New Jersey (1), Nevada (2), New York (1), Ohio (8), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (1), Rhode Island (1), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (4), Texas (3), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (8).

In addition to the United States, cantaloupes from the same strain have also caused infections in Canada.

Symptoms and Risks

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause digestive issues, including diarrhea, cramps, and fever. Symptoms typically appear within six hours to six days after consuming the contaminated food. While most people infected with Salmonella recover without medical intervention, certain high-risk groups can become seriously ill and may require immediate treatment.

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