Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons

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They were distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. The stores which sold these products are Whole Foods, Walmart Inc, a unit of Amazon.com Inc, Kroger Co, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader's Joe, Costco Wholesale Corp, Walgreens. Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN or MI should also be thrown away.

Most people affected by Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating food contaminated by the bacteria. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

Pre-cut melon is linked with an outbreak of Salmonella in five states. In some cases, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

The illness people get from a infection is called salmonellosis, according to the Center for Disease Control. Caito Foods, LLC hasrecalledfruit salad mixes that contain pre-cut melons to prevent further distribution of potentially contaminated products.

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Individuals who have consumed pre-cut melon and are experiencing symptoms of Salmonella infection should contact a healthcare provider. On the other hand, in MI alone, there were 32 salmonellosis cases confirmed by the CDC.

Meanwhile, in a separate scare not connected to the Caito Foods facility, the CDC said that a salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chickens made 124 people in 36 states sick. It does not apply to whole melons.

According to the CDC, an investigation is still taking place in order to discover other infected products or affected states. Until now there have been 60 illnesses and 31 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported and the agencies urged residents in the eight states to throw out any melon that may have been recalled. In some cases, the infections can be serious, especially for young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.

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