Pre-cut melon cause of multistate salmonella outbreak — CDC

Pre-cut melon cause of multistate salmonella outbreak — CDC

At least 60 people have been sickened and dozens have been hospitalized with salmonella after tainted pre-cut melons were distributed to stores such as Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Whole Foods in several states, federal officials said. Sixty cases have been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN or MI should also be thrown away. Each year in the US, salmonella is estimated to infect 1.2 million people, lead to 23,000 hospitalizations, and cause 450 deaths.

Symptoms of salmonella can be varied but generally include cramps, fever, and diarrhea that develops between 12 and 72 hours after eating the tainted food. While the illness can be serious, many people recover without the help of a doctor after four days to a week of being sick.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says pre-cut melons, including fruit salads, are the source of the outbreak. This year's flu season lasted 19 weeks, peaking in February, and was driven by a strain of the flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, according to the report. Citizens are advised to throw out any melon that has been recalled. The melon products have been recalled.

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

Pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fruit medleys produced by Caito Foods have been recalled due to a salmonella outbreak in Midwestern states, including Missouri. No deaths have been reported so far. The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons.

"If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out". It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. The investigation will continue in order to find out whether these products reached other states or stores.

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