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Stores Added in Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak That Includes Illinois

13 June 2018, 11:00 | Melissa Porter

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

Salmonella melon outbreak

So far, 60 people have been sickened by the outbreak - 32 were in MI - and at least 31 people have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. The reported cases were in IL (6), in (11), MI (32), Missouri (10) and OH (1).

The products, packed in clear plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and OH, all originated at Caito Foods' Indianapolis facility. "However, if a Kroger customer has any concerns about pre-cut melon and/or pre-made fruit salads purchased at a Kroger store, they may return it to the store for a full refund". The outbreak has sickened 60 people in five states, including 11 Hoosiers.

Symptoms of salmonella can be varied but generally include cramps, fever, and diarrhea that develops between 12 and 72 hours after eating the tainted food.

Salmonella can lead to fatal infections in elderly people, children or persons with a weakened immune system.

The melon recall did not impact any Walgreens stores in North Carolina, according to a spokesperson. Reported illness onset dates range from 4/30/18 - 5/28/18.

Indianapolis, In. - Precut melon connected to a salmonellosis outbreak may have come from an Indianapolis produce supplier. Each of their products contained at least one melon produced at the company's facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. The investigation will continue in order to find out whether these products reached other states or stores.

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you dont remember where it was purchased. The CDC said authorities are investigating whether the affected products went to additional stores or states. If treatment is not started soon enough, the infection can cause death. No deaths have occurred so far, although 31 affected people were hospitalized.

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