Salmonella Fruit Sickens Children & Elderly

Many schools and healthcare facilities are facing horrible side effects after consuming fresh cut salmonella fruit. This newest multi-state outbreak has sickened almost 40 at health-care facilities, and also almost 30 at schools.

About Salmonella

Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. The bacteria usually live in animal and human intestines and shed through feces. Consuming contaminated water or food spreads the infection to humans. Symptoms last two to seven days. Diarrhea may last up to 10 days, however, it may take several months before bowels return to normal. However, salmonella can develop into typhoid fever. This is a deadly disease. About 300 people get typhoid fever in the United States each year. About 22 million cases of typhoid fever and 200,000 related deaths occur worldwide each year.

Salmonella Fruit Outbreak Sickens Many

Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick recalled fresh-cut cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple and also grapes that the company distributed between Nov. 15 and Dec. 1. The fruit could be potentially linked to a multi-state outbreak. Tailor Cut Produce distributed the fruit to restaurants, banquet halls, hotels, schools, and other institutions in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Many across schools and healthcare facilities started feeling symptoms of salmonella. Symptoms mirror flu, so many did not realize they had Salmonella. The ill aren’t just in the Northeast. There are 11 people from Minnesota ill from the salmonella fruit.

In Delaware, 26 children ages 4 to 17 ate the salmonella fruit and became ill. Then, 33 residents in an elderly facility also became ill. Government officials uncovered the outbreak through a standardized lab and data analysis method called whole genome sequencing (WGS). Final results linking individual cases of salmonella to the outbreak take approximately two to four weeks to be reported to the states. There can be more infected coming forward soon.

If Injured by the Outbreak

sick old manFood poisoning lawsuits play an important role in keeping food systems safe. Therefore, these lawsuits hold negligent corporations accountable. Plus, it shows lawmakers that food safety is imperative.  When outbreaks caused by bacteria or viruses injure people, most of the time it is from a manufacturer being negligent. The company is fully aware of their potentially dangerous practices and do not correct it. Thus, customers’ lives are endangered.

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