deceased: 1. Unknown victims : “Sixth death confirmed in Canada’s salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed a sixth death connected to a salmonella outbreak caused by the consumption of contaminated cantaloupes. In a statement released on Friday, the PHAC revealed that there have been 153 lab-confirmed cases and 53 people have been hospitalized so far. The investigation findings have identified Malichita and Rudy brand cantaloupes as the likely source of the outbreak.

According to the agency, many of the individuals who became sick reported having eaten cantaloupe before their illnesses occurred. The most affected groups were adults in long-term care facilities and retirement homes, as well as children attending daycare. April Hexemer, the director of the outbreak management division at PHAC, explained that these age groups are often at the highest risk for severe illness.

Salmonella is commonly associated with raw or undercooked chicken, but it can also be found in raw fruits and vegetables. While most people recover from the illness within a few days, it can be severe. The current outbreak has also affected hundreds of people across multiple U.S. states.

The contaminated cantaloupes in question, sold under the Malichita or Rudy brand names, were distributed in Canada between October and November. Consumers are advised not to buy, eat, or sell cantaloupes from these brands. The PHAC has also issued separate recalls for other types of fruit, including honeydew, pineapple, watermelon, and assorted fruit trays.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes in their country. As of December 7, the outbreak had made 230 people sick across 38 states, resulting in three deaths.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches. Young children, seniors, and individuals with compromised immune systems are more likely to experience severe symptoms. Those who suspect they are sick should contact their healthcare provider.

In response to the outbreak, Mexico’s government has temporarily closed a cantaloupe processing plant in Sonora while it investigates the source of the salmonella outbreaks in Canada and the U.S.

It is important for consumers to be vigilant and check their refrigerators and freezers for any recalled items, including cantaloupes, and dispose of them properly to prevent further illnesses.

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