CDC: Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons

Faith Castro
June 10, 2018

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning everyone about a Salmonella outbreak here in the state.

Walmart and Kroger are cooperating with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak. Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN or MI should also be thrown away. Caito Foods on Friday voluntarily recalled fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons that were produced at its Indianapolis facility.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now trying to find the supplier to affected stores.

Other states included in this outbreak include Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no need to avoid whole melon at this point.

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The CDC says there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than usual.

The food-borne bacteria sickens more than 1 million people annually in the United States, most commonly presenting as temporary fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain.

Most people recover from a salmonella infection without treatment.

Elderly people, infants and anyone with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

The US Food and Drug Administration, which is investigating the outbreak alongside the CDC, is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores where ill people shopped.

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