Atlanta: A Salmonella outbreak linked to melons imported from Mexico has infected 50 people in 15 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is investigating the case and has issued a warning to consumers to avoid eating Malichita Brand melons that were shipped to US stores between October 16 and 23. The distributor has recalled the melons, but some may still be in the market or in people’s homes.
The CDC said that people who have bought the melons should throw them away or return them to the store. They should also sanitize all the items and surfaces that have touched the melons, such as knives, cutting boards, and countertops. The CDC also advised people to wash their hands with soap and water after handling the melons.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. The symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after eating contaminated food and last 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment, but some may need hospitalization if the infection spreads to the bloodstream or other organs. Salmonella can be fatal for children, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems.
The CDC said that people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, but no deaths have been reported. The cases have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, and Wyoming. The CDC said that the actual number of infected people may be higher than reported, as some people may not seek medical care or get tested. The CDC also said that the outbreak has been detected in Canada as well.
According to the CDC, Salmonella is a common cause of foodborne illness in the US, affecting about 1.35 million people every year. Salmonella can be found in many foods, such as poultry, eggs, meat, dairy products, and produce. The CDC recommends cooking food thoroughly, washing fruits and vegetables, and avoiding cross-contamination to prevent Salmonella infection.