Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Includes Illinois



According to the CDC, at least 60 people have fallen ill in five states - six in IL, 11 in IN, 32 in MI, 10 in Missouri and one in Ohio. IDPH said the CDC has notified the state agency that this outbreak has included more hospitalizations than usual. IN and MI residents are also advised to throw away melon from Kroger, Jay C, or Payless stores after the outbreaks, according to a CDC press release Friday.

Health officials are linking a multi-state salmonella outbreak to pre-cut melons, including those in fruit salads. The recalled products were sold in clear containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods.

In a statement, the company said it was "voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution" and had stopped producing or distributing the affected products while the investigation is underway.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning everyone about a Salmonella outbreak here in the state. The CDC advises individuals who are unsure where they purchased a pre-cut melon product to discard it.

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They are all linked to the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, the CDC said.

Most people reporting illness said they bought pre-cut melon from Walmart or Kroger stores. The FDA is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores connected to the outbreak.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses a year, with 450 of those resulting in death. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said. Several of those people have been hospitalized as a result.

Among those who fell ill from the deadly bacteria, 31 sought treatment at a hospital complaining of symptoms such as vomiting, fever and diarrhea, reported.

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