Salmonella linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 in Midwest — CONSUMER ALERT

Lydia Fleming
June 10, 2018

Recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Tainted pre-cut melon has sickened least 60 people throughout the Midwest with Salmonella, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you don't remember where it was purchased.

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Six cases have been reported in IL, ranging in the age from 23 to 87 years old.

Officials said pre-cut melons distributed by Caito Foods, which is based in Indianapolis, were the likely source of the outbreak. As the investigation continues, additional grocery stores may be added. Symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal cramps and usually appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Most often, however, people recover from a salmonella infection without medical attention. The CDC has indicated there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than what is typically seen. It said there are 60 cases between Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's now investigating 124 cases in 36 states of people becoming infected with the virus after "being linked to contact live poultry in backyard flocks".

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Health officials are linking a multi-state salmonella outbreak to pre-cut melons, including those in fruit salads. Sorry. We just want to make sure you don't get sick. It's important to wash the outside of a melon before cutting into it, as well as to wash your hands, the knife you will use, the cutting board and any other utensils that may come into contact with the fruit.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can potentially causes severe illness if consumed.

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