viernes, 7 de septiembre de 2012
Salmonella in cantaloupe causing deaths
A total of 204 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella typhimurium have been reported from 22 states from cantaloupe, according to the CDC. Among 149 persons for whom information is available, illness onset dates range from July 7, 2012 to August 18, 2012.
Salmonella Ill persons range in age from less than 1 year to 100 years. Fifty-nine percent of ill persons are female. Among 149 persons with available information, 78 (52%) reported being hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported in Kentucky. Illnesses that occurred after August 7, 2012 might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported.
Agricultural experts say the frequent problems with cantaloupes come from the nature of the melons and sloppy agricultural practices. A cantaloupe's rough, porous skin is an easy target for bacteria, which cling to the bumps on its surface. Cantaloupes growing on the ground can also pick up dirt and germs from manure that runs off from livestock fields, or from farm workers. To reduce the risk of illness, people should refrigerate uneaten portions of cantaloupe immediately.
Aporte: Ninoska Cordero