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Cut melons linked to salmonella outbreak in Midwest

Cut melons linked to salmonella outbreak in Midwest

Health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in five states.

At least 60 people have reported getting sick from a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As per the CDC, around 60 people have fallen sick which includes six cases reported in IL, 11 cases in IN, 10 cases in Missouri, 32 cases on MI and one in Ohio. They were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and OH and sold in clear, plastic containers at several large grocery chains.

The CDC said the contaminated melon was distributed to stores across the country including Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Walgreens and Whole Foods.

Health officials recommend people throw away any pre-cut melon from Walmart stores anywhere in IL and say additional grocery stores may be added as the investigation continues.

The CDC says there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than usual. Signs of illness typically occur within 12 to 72 hours and last for four to seven days.

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Kroger, along with WalMart and Costco took pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon and melon mixes out of their stores in IN and MI after the products were linked to possible contamination from a strain of Salmonella Adelaide. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Whole melons are not included in this recall.

Mixed Fruit Products that include fresh cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew melon are among those recalled by Caito Foods.

A recent salmonella outbreak linked to fresh cut watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe made its way to MI.

Use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness.

More stores and states have been named in the eight-state Salmonella outbreak that has hit IL. Although the shelf life of the melon is limited, Kroger said, it issued the alert out of an abundance of caution. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.


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