Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes Claims One Life, Affects Many Across Canada and the U.S.

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The Public Health Agency of Canada says Malichita brand cantaloupes have likely caused a salmonella outbreak crossing five provinces. Cantaloupes are displayed for sale in Virginia on Saturday, July 28, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-J. Scott Applewhite / File)

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has reported a fatal salmonella outbreak linked to Malichita and Rudy brand cantaloupes. One person has tragically died, and there have been 63 confirmed cases of salmonella infection, with seventeen individuals hospitalized.

This outbreak, which has seen the distribution of the affected cantaloupes across Canada, has led to confirmed cases in five provinces: Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

The PHAC has been vigilant in its response, issuing three separate food recall warnings in November for Malichita cantaloupes sold from October 11 to November 14. In an update on November 24, the warning was expanded to include Rudy brand cantaloupes sold between October 10 and November 24.

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Unfortunately, this outbreak is not confined to Canada. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a similar salmonella outbreak, believed to be caused by the same genetic strain of salmonella found in Canada. According to the latest reports from U.S. health officials, two people have died, and 45 have been hospitalized nationwide as of Friday.

The PHAC, while offering no details on the individual who succumbed to the infection in Canada, is continuing its investigation and closely monitoring the situation. They are working in conjunction with the CDC to understand the scope and source of these outbreaks better.

Health officials are advising consumers to exercise caution and check the origin of cantaloupes before purchase. People are also urged to be aware of the symptoms of salmonella, which can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

For more information and updates on the outbreak and the recalls, Canadians can visit the PHAC’s website.