eat the cantaloupes
in february. the source of the infection has been traced to cantaloupes grown at a single farm in guatemala and, as of march 29, 13 people from 4 states (califo pandora rnia, oregon, and washington, d.c., maryland, had become ill with confirmed infections) cantaloupes after eating it. the boxes each contained 12 cantaloupes recalled, packed in plastic mesh sleeves cantaloupes 4, 3 and sleeve. these boxes of fruit were marked with the following batch code: 02 15 15 25 10 10, 02, 02, 15, 26, and 2 3 10. no illness has been linked to cantaloupes from other sources.
symptoms of salmonella infection.
most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, and within 12 to 72 hours after infection. the illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. in some pandora persons, however, the diarrhea can become so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. salmonella infection can also spread from the bowel into the bloodstream, and then travel to other body sites; when this happens, the infection can cause death, unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. the elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely than most to have a severe infection from salmonella.
how can i protect myself?
contaminated cantaloupes might still be in grocery stores or in your home.
for the next month, do not eat cantaloupes (if you live in the states listed a pandora bove), either at home or while dining out. restaurant and food service operators should not be serving them at all.
if you have cantaloupes in pandora your home, check with the place where you bought them to determine if the result came from del monte in guatemala.
discarded cantaloupes should be put in sealed plastic bags and placed in a trash can with a tight fitting lid. this will prevent people or animals from finding and eating them.
if you think you may have become ill from eating contaminated cantaloupes, consult a doctor immediately.
when handling the watermelon, wash your hands before and after preparation. before you cut open a melon, give its surface has good scrubbing for 30 seconds and dry it with a clean cloth or paper towel. the cut pieces of melon refrigerate promptly.