Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon, includes Ohio

Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon, includes Ohio

Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon, includes Ohio

An outbreak of salmonella in IL and four other Midwestern states was likely caused by pre-cut melon, federal health officials said Friday.

Products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Walgreens, Whole Foods and other stores in Indiana, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

Of the 60 people reported sick, 31 have been hospitalized due to illness associated with the infection.

The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a warning that some pre-cut melons, including fruit salads, are the likely source of the multistate outbreak.

A preliminary investigation conducted by the CDC linked the salmonella outbreak to a Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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The individuals who became ill said they ate pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or a fruit salad mix that contained melon.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall. Officials say it is recommended that people not eat pre-cut melon from Walmart stores anywhere in IL. "If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out", Shah said.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection can appear within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed. IDPH said the illness usually lasts four to seven days.

It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon. Most people recover without treatment, but severe cases can lead to hospitalization.

"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. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said.

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