A recent salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe in Canada has resulted in seven reported deaths. It is according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The agency has confirmed 164 cases of salmonella in eight provinces, with Quebec being the hardest-hit province, reporting 111 cases. Other affected provinces include British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The outbreak has primarily affected children aged five and younger and adults aged 65 and older, with 61 individuals requiring hospitalization. The source of the outbreak has been traced back to Malichita and Rudy brand cantaloupes. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued recall warnings on November 1, targeting cantaloupes sold between October 10 and November 24.
Individuals who have fresh cantaloupe at home are advised to discard it if they are unsure of the brand. Also to wash their hands thoroughly. In addition to the cantaloupes, the food inspection agency has also recalled fruit trays and other fruits. uch as honeydew, pineapple, and watermelon that were processed alongside the contaminated cantaloupes.
Salmonella symptoms, which may appear six to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food. It include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and abdominal cramps. While most people recover within a week, the public health agency emphasizes that those infected with cantaloupe salmonella can transmit the illness to others and should refrain from preparing food for additional individuals.
The outbreak underscores the importance of prompt response measures and consumer awareness regarding food safety. Authorities continue to investigate the source and extent of the contamination to prevent further illnesses and safeguard public health.