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Department of Health: Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut fruit in Washington, Oregon


The Washington State Department of Health is warning people about a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut fruit in both Washington and Oregon.

People who purchased pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe or fruit mixes on or about Oct. 25 up to Dec. 1 from QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers and Central Market are urged not to eat the fruit and throw it away.

Health officials said 18 people from King (5), Mason (1), Pierce (1), Snohomish (7), Thurston (1), and Yakima (1) counties and two people from Oregon have been diagnosed with Salmonella.

The Department of Health is working with state and federal partners to determine the source of the fruit, where it was cut and packaged and if there may be additional stores where related products were sold.

Officials say lab results identified salmonella Newport as the cause.

Symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

People experiencing any of the 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.

The Department of Health provided more information here.

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