Health officials warn of salmonella outbreak in precut fruit
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Eighteen people from Washington and Oregon have been diagnosed with salmonella, and health officials blame the outbreak on precut watermelon and cantaloupe or fruit mixes containing watermelon and cantaloupe.
The state Health Department says consumers who bought these products on or about Oct. 25 up to Dec. 1 from QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers, and Central Market in Washington and Oregon shouldn't eat the fruit and should throw it away.
Five people from King County and seven from Snohomish County, as well as one each from Mason, Pierce, Thurston and Yakima counties, have been diagnosed with salmonella. There are also two cases from Oregon.
State and federal health officials are trying to find the source of the fruit and where it was cut and packaged.
The symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Health officials say people experiencing any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider. In severe cases, the infection can be fatal, health officials said.
Infants, young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk.