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Walmart pre-cut melons linked to multi-state Salmonella outbreak

10 June 2018

The CDC said that 60 people have reportedly been infected with a strain of Salmonella Adelaide, with 31 people hospitalized.

Caito Foods Indianapolis Service Center and Fresh Cut facility is located at 3120 N. Post Road.

Packages of fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and mixed fruit have been recalled in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

Kroger, Walmart, Jay C and Payless stores in the affected states have removed pre-cut melon products tied to the outbreak.

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A recall has affected eight states, the CDC said.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning everyone about a Salmonella outbreak here in the state.

The recall applies only to pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming pre-cut melon.

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'If you don't remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don't eat it and throw it away, ' the CDC said, adding it expects to receive new reports until the end of the month.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now trying to find the supplier to affected stores. Symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal cramps and usually appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection.

Most people reporting illness said they bought pre-cut melon from Walmart or Kroger stores.

It's likely more cases will turn up, the CDC said. For some people, though, the diarrhea that accompanies the illness may be severe and require hospitalization. In rare cases, an infection can lead to death unless a patient receives prompt treatment with antibiotics.

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Walmart pre-cut melons linked to multi-state Salmonella outbreak