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Pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe linked to Salmonella outbreak in Washington, Oregon

Washington state health officials are reporting a Salmonella outbreak that sickened 18 people in several counties and in Oregon.

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

The outbreak is linked to pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or fruit mixes containing watermelon or cantaloupe.

Health officials advise people who purchased these products on or about Oct. 25 up to Dec. 1 from QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers, and Central Market in Washington and Oregon to not to eat the fruit and throw it away.

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

Lab results identified Salmonella Newport as the cause. The symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. People experiencing any of these 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.

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