Outbreak of salmonellosis in twelve European countries
03 Jun 2021
The Food Standards Agency reported on 1 June 2021 that an outbreak of Salmonellosis has been linked to honeydew, cantaloupe and galia melons that have been imported from Costa Rica, Honduras or Brazil.
The outbreak has occurred across Europe with cases reported from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom since 29 March 2021.
Advice for Travellers
Salmonellosis is an illness caused by salmonella bacteria which can cause you to have an upset stomach with symptoms such as diarrhoea, high temperature (fever) and stomach cramps.
You can reduce your risk of becoming infected by:
- taking food and water precautions
- practising good hand hygiene and personal hygiene
Until this outbreak of salmonellosis is over you should avoid eating melons from Costa Rica, Honduras or Brazil, or those which don't advise which country they originated from. Check the labels when you buy them.