Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Pre-cut melons linked to Salmonella outbreaks across 5 states

Pre-cut melons linked to Salmonella outbreaks across 5 states

The Indiana State Department of Health says it will collaborate with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate a recent outbreak of salmonella. If you have eaten pre-cut melon and have diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider.

The Center for Disease Control is recalling the pre-cut melons, including those found in fruit salads, distributed to multiple states because of a potential salmonella bacteria contamination.

Amid an ongoing investigation from IDPH, the agency recommends to not purchase pre-cut melons from Walmart stores in IL. Caito Foods recalled fresh-cut watermelons, honeydews, melons, cantaloupes and fresh-cut fruit medleys on Friday.

People are urged not to eat pre-cut melons purchased from any Walmart or Kroger store in OH, or in any other affected states.

Fruit salad containing melon purchased at Walmart, Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in the affected states. An investigation is still ongoing to determine if other states or stores are affected by the outbreak.

So far, the CDC said, 31 of 60 victims have been hospitalized, though none have died. Most often, however, people recover from a salmonella infection without medical attention.

The agency is conducting an investigation, and preliminary evidence indicated that pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods, LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana is a likely source of the multistate outbreak.

"In interviews, 55 (74%) of 74 ill people with information available reported contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illness started", the CDC said.

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