The Seattle Times reported today that nine Washington State residents, including two elderly women living in King County, have been sickened by Salmonella. One woman was hospitalized and King County health officials said that both women are recovering.
The cantaloupe originated in Honduras where they were grown and packed by Agropecuaria Montelibano. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert and asked that the cantaloupe be removed from stores and from food service. They also urge all consumers to return any cantaloupe to their grocers to determine if it was provide by Agropecuaria Montelibano.
Salmonella is one of the leading causes of foodborne illness in the United States. The most common symptoms of the disease is vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, fever, chills and stomach cramps. Serious complications can include dehydration and sometimes death, especially in the young and the elderly.
The King County Health Department has a fact sheet on the disease.
If you or a family member has become seriously ill due to Salmonella, contact The Farber Law Group. The Farber Law Group has more than 40 years experience in representing people that have become seriously ill because of food-borne illness.