Salmonella outbreak in Illinois, Missouri, other states linked to pre-cut melons

Georgia Reed
June 10, 2018

The Indiana State Department of Health says it will collaborate with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate a recent outbreak of salmonella.

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention reports that the melons, including fruit salads, are a likely source for 60 outbreak cases from the following five states: Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN or MI should also be thrown away. The CDC advised OH and MI consumers who bought pre-cut melon at a Walmart store to throw the fruit away.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states. Some people could end up with severe diarrhea that requires a hospital trip. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

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

People who ate those pre-cut melon products began falling ill with the salmonella adelaide strain of the bacteria in late April, and hospitalization spiked two weeks later, with patients ranging from an infant to a 97-year-old. It's important to wash the outside of a melon before cutting into it, as well as to wash your hands, the knife you will use, the cutting board and any other utensils that may come into contact with the fruit. This warning includes melon in prepared fruit salads. Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants.

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