Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons — CDC

  • Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons — CDC

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons — CDC

The Illinois Department of Public Health says six cases of salmonella have reported in that state. The company has since issued a recall notice in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and OH - removing clear plastic containers of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and mixed melons from the shelves. The melon products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.

Tainted pre-cut melon has sickened least 60 people throughout the Midwest with Salmonella, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The list of states and stores could expand depending on the investigation.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps around 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria, health experts said. Most people recover without treatment, but severe cases can lead to hospitalization. Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to severe illness.

On Thursday, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration informed The Kroger Co. that multiple illnesses have been reported in connection with the outbreak, and a third-party supplier is cooperating with the investigation. Pre-cut melons and fruit salads are seen as the likely source.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming pre-cut melon. Also make sure you've washed your hands and all utensilsknives and cutting boards, and don't let fresh fruits and vegetables come into contact with raw meat.

MI is part of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses a year, with 450 of those resulting in death.