Multistate outbreak of salmonella linked to pre-cut melon, CDC says

Multistate outbreak of salmonella linked to pre-cut melon, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 60 cases from five statesIllinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio. The reported cases were in IL (6), in (11), MI (32), Missouri (10) and OH (1).

Of the 60 cases reported, 31 (66 percent) have been hospitalized due to illness associated with the infection.

Symptoms from a salmonella infection usually appear between 12 and 72 hours after consuming contaminated food, according to the CDC. On Thursday, Walmart and Kroger removed pre-cut melon linked to this outbreak from all the stores in the affected states, the CDC reported.

Out of the sixty people infected with salmonella, over half of them live in MI.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall.

The CDC is investigating to determine if products were sold to additional stores or states.

Recalled products are sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at a number of different retailers.

Caito has voluntarily recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and any mixed fruit products that contains at least one of those three fruits. Out of 60 cases, 32 are in MI, so this state appears to be more affected. During the 2012 to 2013 season, there were 171 reported deaths, while an average flu season sees about 110. Janet Hill, COO of the Rock Island County Health Department, said the agency hasn't indicated whether any cases are from the Illinois Quad-Cities, but urged consumers to not eat pre-cut melon from area Walmarts.

On the other hand, salmonellosis is troublesome and even fatal for elderlies, young children, or people with a poor immune system.

Still, the current salmonella outbreak is minor compared to past events - such as a 2010 outbreak in which more than 1,500 people fell ill, or a peanut contamination one year earlier, which was linked to nine deaths.

"Most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest".