Salmonella-laced cantaloupes sicken 5 in Twin Cities

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Minnesota health officials are warning people not to purchase or consume certain whole cantaloupes after five people became ill with salmonella the past few weeks.

The state Department of Health and Department of Agriculture said Friday that cantaloupes with “Malichita” brand labels are being recalled after an outbreak of salmonella infections in Canada and 15 states that have sickened at least 43 people.

Between Oct. 25 and Nov. 4, five people in the Twin Cities area became ill. One was hospitalized.

Health officials ask anyone who has recently eaten cantaloupe and has symptoms such as diarrhea with fever to see a doctor.

The investigation is ongoing. Additional products, such as cut fruit sold under a different label, might be added to the recall as more information becomes available. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide updated information on its website.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps within six hour to six days after consuming food contaminated with the bacteria. Illnesses typically last four to seven days. Vulnerable people, including children, people older than 65 and those with weakened immune systems may develop severe illnesses that require medical care or hospitalization.

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