BREAKING : “Sixth Canadian death and 153 cases linked to salmonella outbreak from cantaloupes”

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Federal Officials Confirm Sixth Canadian Death and 153 Cases of Salmonella Linked to Cantaloupe Outbreak

OTTAWA –

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has released an update on the ongoing cantaloupe salmonella outbreak, confirming a sixth Canadian death and a total of 153 reported cases. This represents an increase from the previous update on December 7, which reported five deaths and 129 cases.

The outbreak has affected eight Canadian provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, P.E.I., New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, with Quebec reporting the majority of cases. The number of cases in Quebec has risen from 91 to 103 in the past week alone.

The affected individuals, primarily children under six (35%) and adults aged 65 or older (44%), fell ill between mid-October and late-November 2023, according to the PHAC release.

Currently, there have been 53 hospitalizations reported, and additional cases are under investigation by the agency, with more expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

Salmonella symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and abdominal cramps. These symptoms may take up to 72 hours to appear and typically last between four and seven days. Infected individuals can be contagious for days or even weeks after their exposure, even if they are asymptomatic, the release notes.

The PHAC is urging consumers to refrain from consuming, serving, using, selling, or distributing Malichita or Rudy brand cantaloupes, as well as any products made with them. Additionally, individuals are advised to dispose of any cantaloupes they may have in their homes and thoroughly clean any areas where the produce was stored.

The PHAC release states, “Based on the investigation findings to date, consumption of Malichita and Rudy brand cantaloupes have been identified as the likely source of the outbreak.”

Three recall warnings have already been issued for Malichita cantaloupes sold between October 11 and November 14, with Rudy cantaloupes added to the warning in late November, including those sold between October 10 and November 24. Additional recalls have been issued for food items that may have come into contact with the affected produce.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes. The PHAC confirms that the genetic strain of the outbreak in the United States is the same as the one reported in Canada.

As of Friday, the CDC has reported 302 illnesses and four deaths across 42 U.S. states related to the cantaloupe outbreak.

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