Pre-cut fruit linked to Salmonella outbreak

Dec 06, 2017

The Department of Health recently announced that there is a Salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe or fruit mixes containing watermelon or cantaloupe in both Washington and Oregon.

People who purchased these products between Oct. 25 to Dec. 1 from QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers and Central Market in Washington are urged not to eat the fruit and throw it away.

Eighteen people from King, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Yakima counties and two individuals from Oregon have been diagnosed with Salmonella, with seven of those being in Snohomish County.

The Department of Health is working with state and federal partners to determine the source of the fruit, including where it was cut and packaged and if there may be additional retailers where related products were sold.

The symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

People experiencing any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider. In severe cases, the infection can be fatal.

Infants, young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk.

For more information on the health risks associated with Salmonella, visit the Department of Health’s website https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/IllnessandDisease/Salmonella.

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