Multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 people

They were distributed by Caito Foods to stores in eight states: Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

'Recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and OH, ' the CDC said.

These products were shipped to stores including Kroger, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon.

Consumers who purchased pre-cut melon from these stores should not eat the products and should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

No deaths have been confirmed to date, but 31 percent of the people infected had to be hospitalized. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, chills, headache and bloody stool. While the illness can be serious, many people recover without the help of a doctor after four days to a week of being sick.

OH and MI are two states involved in a multi-state salmonella outbreak that involves pre-cut melon. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Walmart and Kroger have removed the cut melon products from their stores and area cooperating with a Centers for Disease Control investigation.

According to the CDC, a total of 60 cases were reported in five states.

Indianapolis, In. - Precut melon connected to a salmonellosis outbreak may have come from an Indianapolis produce supplier.

Retailers are being urged not sell or serve recalled precut melon products distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service and SpartanNash Distribution.

The CDC said evidence suggested that melon supplied by Caito Foods "is a likely source of this multistate outbreak".

If it is unknown which store melons were purchased from, health officials say not to eat the fruit and throw it away. This is unsafe enough to lead to death unless the patient receives immediate treatment with antibiotics.

The illnesses reported so far began on April 30 with the last instance reported May 28.

Vanessa Coleman

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