Salmonella in cut melons sickens 60 people, CDC says

Faith Castro
June 13, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traced the outbreak to a Caito Foods facility in Indiana.

The Centers For Disease Control says 60 people in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and OH have gotten sick from eating pre-cut melon. These include Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

The salmonella-infected products were distributed in stores such as Costco, Walmart, Kroger, Trader Joe's, and Walgreens.

-Number of people sickened and hospitalized: The CDC reports 60 people infected, 31 of which have been hospitalized, 51.7 percent.

Salmonella exposure usually involves symptoms of diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. While the illness can be serious, many people recover without the help of a doctor after four days to a week of being sick. Walmart stores in IL have removed pre-cut melons linked to this outbreak from their shelves. For some people, though, the diarrhea that accompanies the illness may be severe and require hospitalization. A recall has affected eight states, the CDC said.

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Of the 60 cases reported to date, 32 were reported in MI.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall. No deaths linked to the outbreak have been reported. Although the shelf life of the melon is limited, Kroger said, it issued the alert out of an abundance of caution.

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Officials are advising people to avoid eating anything on the new recall list, which includes specific brands of "fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh cut fruit medley products". The investigation will continue in order to find out whether these products reached other states or stores.

"If you don't remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don't eat it and throw it away", the CDC said in a statement. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

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