The Salmonella outbreak linked to Malichita and Rudy brand cantaloupe killed six people – four in Minnesota, one in Indiana, and one in Oregon, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of the 44 states included in this outbreak, Minnesota and Wisconsin were hardest hit with each reporting 29 illnesses.
The outbreak, which sickened 407 people in 44 states, is one of the deadliest Salmonella outbreaks on record. Since 2000, only the 2006 Salmonella outbreak linked to Peter Pan peanut butter, which had 425 illnesses and nine fatalities, claimed more lives. That outbreak was linked to the strain Salmonella Tennessee. In 2015, a Salmonella Poona outbreak linked to cucumbers also caused six deaths.
The deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe imported from Mexico triggered several recalls. The melons were sold whole under the Malichita and Rudy brand names and pre-cut under other brands at Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kroger, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, ALDI, Kwik Trip, and other stores.
The outbreak patients ranged in age from 1 to 100. Some people purchased the cantaloupe at stores, others ate it at long-term care facilities and daycare centers.
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