In July, persons in the US and Canada (Alberta; British Columbia) developed symptoms of poisoning with a cholinesterase-inhibitor. The most severe signs and symptoms included seizures, loss of consciousness, cardiac arrhythmia, hypotension, dehydration, and anaphylaxis. Oregon officials identified aldicarb sulfoxide (ASO) in several watermelons consumed by persons who had been ill. ASO is a systemic carbamate pesticide which was not registered for use on watermelons. It was primarily used …
A confirmed outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni infections was associated with eating cantaloupe in Wisconsin. The exposure location was not available.
A multistate (30 states, states not described) outbreak of Salmonella Chester was linked to the consumption of cut cantaloupe that had been served in salad bars.
During June and July 1991, more than 400 laboratory-confirmed Salmonella Poona infections occurred in 23 states and Canada (Ontario, Newfoundland, Quebec, Saskatchewan). Illness was associated with eating cut up cantaloupe in salad bars or fruit salads. At least 72 of the cases were in Canada. Salmonella was never isolated from cantaloupe as the produce had been consumed, or discarded, before the epidemiologic investigations began. Although industry sources identified the…
From March through August 1993, outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 occurred at four separate Oregon and Washington Sizzler restaurants. These restaurants served meats and seafood entries and featured a large, self-service, salad and food bar with more than 100 items. Consumption of beef or other meats was not associated with illness in any of the outbreaks. The locations having outbreaks included: Grants Pass, Oregon (Mar.); North Bend, Oregon (Mar.); Corvallis, Oregon (Aug.); Seattle, …
Twenty-four persons were known to be infected with a genetically indistinguishable strain of Salmonella Saphra. A case control study implicated the consumption of cantaloupe as a risk for illness. A traceback identified one growing region in Mexico as a source of cantaloupe for 95% of the case-patients. Very few persons reported washing cantaloupe prior to cutting them.
An outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg infections occurred in Ontario, Canada. Cantaloupe consumption was a risk factor for illness.
A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus was associated with eating cantaloupe, honeydew melon, or watermelon while at a restaurant in Iowa. Read More
An outbreak of Salmonella Poona occurred among people who ate whole or pre-cut cantaloupe. This outbreak was one of three outbreaks that occurred between 2000 and 2002 involving imported, Mexican cantaloupe. These outbreaks led to an import alert on cantaloupes from Mexico.
An outbreak of Salmonella Poona occurred among persons who had eaten Viva brand cantaloupe imported from Mexico; the outbreak was first discovered in California. Cantaloupes were purchased whole and pre-cut. The Salmonella Poona strain that was isolated had a rare biochemical trait, the inability to produce hydrogen sulfide. Shipley Sales, the US importer of the cantaloupes, could not provide proper Mexican documentation for inspection when requested by the U.S. Food and …
A confirmed outbreak of Salmonellosis occurred in Oregon. The vehicle of infection was cantaloupe. The exposure locations were “nursing home, assisted living, home care” or restaurant. Read More
This multistate Salmonella Poona outbreak was one of three outbreaks that occurred between 2000 and 2002 involving imported Mexican cantaloupe. Ten of the cases occurred in Canada. These outbreaks led to an import alert on cantaloupes from Mexico. The cantaloupe was purchased whole or eaten as part of a fruit salad or garnish. The cantaloupe had been distributed by the I. Kunik Company of McAllen, Texas, who had purchased it from a Mexican producer.
A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Berta infections was associated with eating fruit, specifically cantaloupe, grapes, or watermelon, at a church in Washington state.
A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus was associated with eating fruit, specifically cantaloupe, pineapple, or bananas, at an unknown location in Florida. Read More
A confirmed multistate outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen was associated with eating cantaloupe or honeydew melon in day care center or private home.
A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Newport occurred in Colorado. The vehicles of infection were cantaloupe and ground beef. The exposure location was not given. The circumstances of how these vehicles became contaminated were not described.
A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis occurred in Utah among people who had eaten together in a private home. The vehicles of infection were described as cantaloupe, barbequed chicken, and corned beef. The circumstances behind how these foods became contaminated were not described.
Public health officials in New Hampshire identified a cluster of three Salmonella Oranienburg cases that matched by pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), a genetic fingerprinting technique. Two of the persons were co-workers at a long-term care facility, and one was a patron of the cafeteria of that facility. The PFGE pattern was unusual and prompted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to look for other recently reported cases that matched that pattern. Thirty-eight…
A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield was linked to the consumption of cantaloupe that was eaten in private homes. Read More
Cantaloupes grown in Honduras by the company, Agropecuraria Montelibano, were implicated in an outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield in the USA and Canada.
A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield was associated with eating at a restaurant in Wyoming. The vehicle of infection in this outbreak was not described. A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield involving cantaloupe was concurrent with this outbreak, however the CDC described this outbreak as separate in the National Outbreaks Reporting System.
A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Newport was linked to eating cantaloupe or watermelon while at a private home in Colorado.
A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten cantaloupe at a restaurant in California. Read More
A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among people who had eaten cantaloupe or ground beef at a private home in Colorado.
Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled whole cantaloupes after an epidemiologic link was found between the cantaloupe and an outbreak of Salmonella Panama. The cantaloupes were sold as a package of three through warehouse clubs in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The cantaloupes were grown in Guatemala.
A multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections involving 5 distinct strains was associated with consumption of cantaloupe grown at Jensen Farms’ production fields in Granada, Colorado. A total of 147 persons were reported to the CDC. Thirty-three persons died, and one pregnant woman miscarried. Among persons for whom information is available, reported illness onset ranged from July 31, 2011, through October 27, 2011. Ages of ill persons ranged from less than 1 year of a…
In 2011, CDC along with state and local public health agencies investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Uganda infections associated with consumption of cantaloupe. Eleven states reported 25 cases. Four people were hospitalized. No one died. Illness onset dates ranged from June 6 to July 15, 2011.
On Friday, August 17, 2012, public health officials in several states and the FDA announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana. By September 13, 2012, state and federal investigators had identified 261 ill persons in 24 states infected with two Salmonella serotypes – Typhimurium and Newport. Illness onset dates ranged from July 6, 2012, to September 16, 2012. Ill persons ranged in age from less than 1 year to 10…
In late May 2012 Minnesota public health officials investigated an outbreak of norovirus at a restaurant located in Mendota Heights (Dakota County), Minnesota. The outbreak was first reported by a chef at the restaurant who said he had received complaints of illness among people who ate at the restaurant following a burial service on May 26. Twenty-five gathering attendees were interviewed. Five persons met the case definition.
In January 2012, Kansas public health officials investigated an outbreak of norovirus associated with a luncheon catered by McAlister’s Deli in Wichita, Kansas. Six outbreak associated cases were identified. No one was hospitalized and no one died.
In December 2017 Washington State Department of Health announced an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to consumption of pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or fruit mixes containing watermelon or cantaloupe. Twenty-four cases from Washington (21) and Oregon (3) were identified. Known onset dates ranged from October 28, 2017, to December 6, 2017. There were 6 reported hospitalizations and one death, but it was not attributable to their salmonellosis.
On June 8, 2018, local, state and federal public health and regulatory officials announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections linked to consumption of fresh cut melons. As of July 24, seventy-seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Adelaide infections had been reported by 9 states. Thirty-six people had been hospitalized. There were no deaths. Illnesses started on dates ranging from April 30, 2018, to July 2, 2018. Epidemiologic and…
On April 12, 2019, the CDC announced an outbreak of Salmonella Carrau infections linked to consumption of pre-cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. Ten states reported 137 outbreak associated cases. Thirty-eight people were hospitalized. There were no deaths. Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 3, 2019, to May 1, 2019. On April 12, Caito Foods LLC issued a recall of these melons packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers.
In November and December 2019, the CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Javiana infections linked to cut fruit produced by Tailor Cut Produce. On February 18, 2020, investigators declared the outbreak to be over.
In 2020 CDC, FDA, and state partners investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections associated with consumption of watermelon and cantaloupe. PulseNet identified 80 cases from 15 states. Isolates were highly related by cgMLST with 0-12 alleles. Isolation dates ranged from July 7 to October 22, 2020. There were 17 hospitalizations and no deaths.
Between July and September 2022, an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections occurred. Eighty-seven outbreak cases were reported by 11 states. Thirty-two people were hospitalized. No one died.