Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

Posted June 10, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 60 cases from five states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

People who became ill said they got live chicks and ducklings from relatives and from businesses such as feed supply stores, websites and hatcheries, according to the CDC. The CDC says the fruit was also distributed to stores in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.

So far only pre-cut melons have been linked, but it's important to remember food safety measures if you buy whole melons.

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Caito Foods on Friday voluntarily recalled fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons that the supplier processed.

If you have purchased any fruit that may have been connected with the recall, the CDC is asking that you throw it away immediately.

If you're an OH resident and purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, or don't remember where you bought the pre-cut melon, throw it away. If you have eaten a contaminated pre-cut melon and experience diarrhea, fever and cramps go see a doctor immediately.

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It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon.

The advice from the CDC does not apply to whole melons. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

Currently, the outbreak is limited to five states in the Midwest, with 32 of the 60 cases in MI. Every year, it makes about 1.2 million people sick, puts 23,000 into the hospital and kills 450 people in the U.S. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

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