A wave of salmonella infections linked to whole and pre-cut cantaloupe has swept across the United States, affecting nearly 100 individuals in 32 states and leading to two fatalities in Minnesota. This far-reaching outbreak has prompted a multinational recall, with big-box retailers like Walmart and gas station chains like RaceTrac pulling the potentially tainted fruit from their shelves.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been on high alert since the health scare surfaced, with the recall expanding to include the likes of Malichita brand whole cantaloupes, Vinyard brand pre-cut, and even popular chains ALDI's assortments; however, Rudy brand whole cantaloupes and Freshness Guaranteed pre-cut offerings have also been added to the blacklist just this Friday—a move that comes on the heels of an increase in reported cases doubling over the last week. According to a report by KXAN, the Freshness Guaranteed products tied to the recall were sold at Walmart with a 'Best By Date' running from November 7 to November 12.
Health experts are recommending that anyone who may have purchased the recalled fruits should dispose of them and resort to diligent cleaning of any surfaces the cantaloupes could have come into contact with. It's a necessary measure, given the serious health risks posed by the salmonella bacteria, which is known to cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to high fever, with those most vulnerable, such as the elderly or individuals with weakened immune systems, potentially facing severe illness and needing hospital care.
Victims touched by the outbreak have reported a mélange of harrowing symptoms, including prolonged diarrhea, bloody stools, relentless vomiting, and signs of dehydration like scarce urination and dizziness when standing up; these details come from the health advisory set forth by the CDC. As reported by KVUE, they emphasized the need for heightened vigilance, advising people not only to rid their homes of the recalled products but also to reverse any potential contamination by sanitizing items and surfaces that may have been in contact with the recalled melons.