“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide illnesses that may be linked to cut melons.”
The FDA recently issued an update on its investigation. FDA shared information that identifies retail locations that “may have received potentially contaminated product subject to the recall.” Consumers should discard products rights away.
So far the outbreak has spread to Iowa, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. FDA’s updated list of outbreaks can be found here.
The attorneys at KBA have handled Salmonella and other food poisoning cases. Mr. Browne is litigating one now and secured a trial verdict for clients in the recent past. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, chills, and abdominal or stomach pain. Surprisingly, it can also result in joint swelling, pain, and arthritis (reactive arthritis), which can cause long-term problems.
As reported by the Mayo Clinic, “The signs and symptoms of reactive arthritis generally start one to four weeks after exposure to a triggering infection. They might include:
- Pain and stiffness. The joint pain associated with reactive arthritis most commonly occurs in your knees, ankles and feet. You also might have pain in your heels, low back or buttocks.
- Eye inflammation. Many people who have reactive arthritis also develop eye inflammation (conjunctivitis).
- Urinary problems. Increased frequency and discomfort during urination may occur, as can inflammation of the prostate gland or cervix.
- Inflammation of soft tissue where it enters bone (enthesitis). This might include muscles, tendons and ligaments.
- Swollen toes or fingers. In some cases, your toes or fingers might become so swollen that they resemble sausages.
- Skin problems. Reactive arthritis can affect your skin a variety of ways, including a rash on your soles and palms and mouth sores.
- Low back pain. The pain tends to be “worse at night or in the morning.”
Accordingly, watch for these symptoms if you are in an area impacted by this FDA recall.
Salmonella poisoning is dangerous and compensable. Speak with an attorney after you receive medical care.