NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New numbers from the CDC show 10 more cases of salmonella infections linked to pre-cut melons. Seventy people in seven states have now become sick. Caito Foods recalled the fresh cut melon products earlier this month.
“People that are infected with salmonella will have diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps about 12 to 72 hours after they’ve eaten a contaminated food,” said Dr. Laura Gieraltowski of the Foodborne Outbreak Response Team. “Most people recover in about four to seven days. Other people do have a more severe illness and do require hospitalization.”
Last week another salmonella outbreak was announced this one linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. The CDC says new technology is helping them better detect these outbreaks and stop them.
“When people get infected with a bacteria we’re able to use this new technology to get a DNA fingerprint, and when people have the same DNA fingerprint, we’re more confident that these illnesses are related to a common food,” said Gieraltowski.
While these recalls can be scary, there are things you can do to prevent foodborne illnesses at home. That includes looking out for recalls and tossing contaminated products.
“Also people can help us solve outbreaks,” added Gieraltowski. “You know, if you get food poisoning, go see your doctor. Report your illness to a health department.”
The CDC also reminds everyone to follow safe food practices, washing hands and surfaces often, cooking foods to the right temperature and refrigerating them promptly.
A full list of where the fruit was sold can be found at foodsafety.gov.