CDC confirms 5-state salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

CDC confirms 5-state salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

CDC confirms 5-state salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

Health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in five Midwestern states.

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Health officials recommend people throw away any pre-cut melon from Walmart stores anywhere in IL and say additional grocery stores may be added as the investigation continues. Each year in the US, salmonella is estimated to infect 1.2 million people, lead to 23,000 hospitalizations, and cause 450 deaths. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

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"The pre-cut melon and melon in pre-cut fruit salads sold in Kroger's Georgia stores are sourced from a different supplier", says Felix Turner, corporate affairs manager for Kroger's Atlanta Division told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The other states with reported illnesses are IN (11 people), Missouri (10), IL (6), and OH, with one person taken ill.

Eating undercooked beef, poultry and seafood, as well as foods that contain raw eggs puts a person at high risk of contracting salmonella. The recall includes fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit.

Officials are still investigating to find out if the products were distributed in other states.

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The reported illnesses have occurred in eight different states, including five cases confirmed in IL (none in Will County).

Consumers who do not remember where their pre-cut melon came from should also discard it.

Salmonellosis is a foodborne illness caused by a bacterium named salmonella.

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In a tweet, FDA Comissioner Scott Gottlieb advised people to check "fridge and freezer for recalled pre-cut melon linked to Salmonella outbreak". The recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said. No deaths have been reported and the agencies urged residents in the eight states to throw out any melon that may have been recalled.

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