UK reports 90 sick in Salmonella outbreak linked to melon

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Researchers have revealed that almost 100 people fell sick in a Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe melon toward the end of 2023.

In September 2023, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) identified cases of Salmonella Saintpaul in England, Scotland, and Wales. Other ill people were noted in Portugal following an alert by the United Kingdom.

Overall, 98 cases were identified, 93 in the UK and five in Portugal, and almost half were under 10, according to the Epidemiology and Infection journal study.

Information on the UK incident was shared via the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s (ECDC) EpiPulse system in late October 2023. This revealed cases in other countries. ECDC confirmed to Food Safety News that two cases had been reported in Denmark.

Young people are mainly affected

Most patients lived in England, but Scotland had ten and Wales five, with sample receipt dates from Sept. 28 to Nov. 30, 2023.

Cases had a median age of 20 from 10 months to 89 years old; 28 percent were under 5, and 43 percent were under 10. Almost two-thirds were female. Five sick people were identified in Portugal, with sample dates from Oct. 4 to 24, 2023. Patients ranged in age from 2 to 8 years old, and 80 percent were female. 

The outbreak investigation included a case-control study. Among the 25 UK cases included in the study, 13 reported blood in stool, and five were hospitalized.

One hundred controls were recruited via a market research panel. Analysis of ...


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UK reports 90 sick in Salmonella outbreak linked to melon