Health Advisory: Salmonella Outbreak Linked to “Malichita” Cantaloupes in B.C.
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and regional health authorities have issued an alert regarding a Salmonella outbreak linked to imported cantaloupes sold under the “Malichita” label.
Eight confirmed cases of a rare Salmonella strain have emerged in B.C. since mid-November, affecting individuals aged from zero to 68. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalled these cantaloupes on Nov. 14 (initial recall notice on Nov. 1) and expanded the recall to include B.C. Discard all ‘Malichita’ cantaloupes purchased between Oct. 11 and Nov. 14, 2023. If unsure of the cantaloupe’s origin, it’s advised to dispose of them as a precaution.
Genetic sequencing connects some B.C. cases with the Salmonella strain found in the recalled cantaloupes. BCCDC is working with regional health authorities, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and CFIA for further investigation.
Most cases of Salmonella resolve within a week. For guidance or questions about symptoms, contact HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1. Seek medical help if symptoms persist, worsen, or if you’re immunocompromised.
For more information on Salmonella infections and preventive measures, visit www.bccdc.ca or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.