Pre-cut fruit linked to Salmonella outbreak, State Health Department says


The Washington State Department of Health on Friday announced 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 on or about Oct. 25 up to Dec. 1 from QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers, and Central Market in Washington and Oregon are urged not to eat the fruit and throw it away.

Seven people in Snohomish County have been diagnosed with Salmonella, along with 11 others from King, Mason, Pierce, Thurston and Yakima counties, plus two individuals from Oregon.

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.

Lab results identified Salmonella Newport as the cause. 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 website.

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