Deadly melons….

By Siouxsie Wiles 19/08/2012


According to to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium going on associated with eating cantaloupe melons grown in southwestern Indiana.

Infection with S. Typhimurium results if diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria. In most cases, the illness lasts less than a week, with people recovering without treatment. However, in some cases the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient becomes dangerously dehydrated and requires hospitalisation and intravenous fluids.

Salmonellosis can be caught be eating contaminated meats like poultry, pork, and beef, or infected eggs and egg products. But fruit and vegetables are becoming a common source of infection due to the ability of the bacteria to enter into leaves. But what I didn’t know was that reptiles, including turtles, lizards, and snakes, can also be a source of infection as they can carry the bacteria in their intestines.

The current stats for this outbreak stand at:

Cases: 141
Hospitalisations: 21
Deaths: 2

The strain is fully susceptible to antibiotics, but I do wonder how long it will be before the ‘Health Ranger’ starts pointing the finger at Big Pharma?!