Salmonella found in pre-cut melon sickens 60 people, CDC says

Salmonella found in pre-cut melon sickens 60 people, CDC says

The CDC's finding resulted in the recall of pre-cut melons, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and mixed fruit packages from the stores from Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and OH states. Additionally, the agency says MI consumers who bought pre-cut melon at a Kroger store should also throw out the product.

At least 60 people were sickened with salmonella poisoning over the weekend after consuming contaminated pre-cut melon purchased from major retailers across the country.

The food-borne bacteria sickens more than 1 million people annually in the United States, most commonly presenting as temporary fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain. The illness often lasts four to seven days.

Georgia is now on the list of states impacted by a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon. However, for some, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is necessary. People who are older than 65 or younger than 20, transplant recipients, pregnant women, those traveling through countries with poor sanitation, and people with weak immune systems are said to be at the highest risk of becoming infected with salmonella.

Walmart and Kroger have removed the cut melon products from their stores and area cooperating with a Centers for Disease Control investigation. On the other hand, in MI alone, there were 32 salmonellosis cases confirmed by the CDC.

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Individuals who have consumed pre-cut melon and are experiencing symptoms of Salmonella infection should contact a healthcare provider.

The advice from the CDC does not apply to all the melons and is only meant for pre-cut melons as well as fruit salads that consist of melon. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said. The recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers. In rare cases, an infection can lead to death unless a patient receives prompt treatment with antibiotics.

The FDA said it's working with the CDC to determine if the recalled products went to additional stores or states. So far, FDA has reported 60 illnesses that occurred between April 30, 2018 and May 28, 2018.

The recall only affects pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon, not whole melons, the CDC said.

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