Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons

Pre-cut melon sold in Indiana recalled by Kroger due to possible salmonella contamination	 	 	 			melon cut into slices

Pre-cut melon sold in Indiana recalled by Kroger due to possible salmonella contamination melon cut into slices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana State Department of Health is investigating a multistate salmonellosis outbreak linked to pre-cut melons.

According to the CDC, at least 60 people have fallen ill in five states - six in IL, 11 in IN, 32 in MI, 10 in Missouri and one in Ohio.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said more people have been hospitalized from this outbreak compared to past ones.

The agency did not specify a specific kind of melon, but said the outbreak is linked to melons bought already cut and packaged -alone or in fruit salad. It recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products at its facility. The recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers.

Six cases reported in IL matched a multi-state outbreak strain, IDPH said. Most people affected by salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and recover without treatment.

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you don't remember where it was purchased.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming pre-cut melon. "CDC's advice to consumers may expand to include other stores where contaminated pre-cut melon was sold", according to an alert from the CDC.

There have been 60 people infected with the outbreak strain reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI. In rare cases, salmonella infection can cause death when a person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.

It's likely more cases will turn up, the CDC said.

Most people reporting illness said they bought pre-cut melon from Walmart or Kroger stores.

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