Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Hancock County woman among those sickened by salmonella outbreak in melons

Hancock County woman among those sickened by salmonella outbreak in melons

Jay C, Payless, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Trader Joe's, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officials said people reported contracting salmonella after eating pre-cut melon between April 30 and May 28. The cut fruit was packaged in clear-plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. Director Nirav Shah is urging people not to eat pre-cut melons purchased from any Walmart store in IL.

At this moment, the CDC and the FDA confirmed about 60 salmonellosis cases across the United States of which 31 cases needed hospitalization.

Healthy people who contract salmonella can usually recover without treatment after a few days of fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. CDC reports that fruit salad mixes that include pre-cut melons are a likely source of this outbreak. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. So far, 60 people have been infected. Whole melons are not included in this recall. Out of 60 cases, 32 are in MI, so this state appears to be more affected. If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out.

More stores and states have been named in the eight-state Salmonella outbreak that has hit IL.

Packages of precut melon - including watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew, along with fruit salads that contain those melons - are being recalled from major retailers in eight states. Each of their products contained at least one melon produced at the company's facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. During the 2012 to 2013 season, there were 171 reported deaths, while an average flu season sees about 110.

In a tweet, FDA Comissioner Scott Gottlieb advised people to check "fridge and freezer for recalled pre-cut melon linked to Salmonella outbreak". It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

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