Pre-cut fruit bought at Fred Meyer, QFC linked to salmonella outbreak

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A Salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or fruit mixes containing watermelon or cantaloupe in both Washington and or has sickened 18 people, the Washington State Department of Health said Friday.

Just two of the 18 confirmed cases happened in Oregon, Modie said, with one in Multnomah County and one in Wasco County. Authorities are also trying to determine if other retailers may have sold tainted fruit.

On Friday, the Washington State Department of Health announced a salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or mixes containing the two fruits. "At this time, the epidemiological and traceback investigations, led by Washington, are ongoing".

Eighteen people from the following Washington counties - King, five; Mason, one; Pierce, one; Snohomish, seven; Thurston, one; and Yakima, one - and two people from OR have been diagnosed with Salmonella.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation's leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks.

DOH lab results revealed the cause of this Salmonella Newport outbreak to be tied to pre-cut fruit. Anyone who has eaten any pre-cut fruit that included watermelon or cantaloupe and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should immediately seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible exposure to the pathogen.

Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, the infection can be fatal.

Infants, young children, the elderly and pregnant women are especially susceptible to the salmonella bacteria.

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