OLYMPIA – The Department of Health said there is a salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe or a mix of the two in both Washington and Oregon.
Officials said people who purchased these items on or about October 25 up to December 1 from QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers, and Central Market in Washington and Oregon are urged not to eat the fruit and throw it away.
Health leaders said 18 people from King, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Yakima counties have been diagnosed with salmonella. Two people in Oregon have also gotten sick.
DOH officials said they are working with state and federal partners to determine the source of the fruit, including where it was cut and packaged and if there maybe other retailers where related products were sold.
The symptoms of salmonella include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. People having any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider. In severe cases, the infection can be fatal.