Salmonella linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 in Midwest

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

The CDC reported Saturday that the melon has been recalled in eight states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Pre-cut melon from Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio.

Will County Health Department Environmental Health Director Tom Casey says there are two sources of information that can help consumers determine if they have pre-cut melons that may be risky.

People with salmonella may develop symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The signs of the disease start showing within a few hours and can last for around 4-7 days. On Thursday, Walmart and Kroger removed pre-cut melon linked to this outbreak from all the stores in the affected states, the CDC reported.

"Dehydration and severe infection from salmonella can land somebody in the hospital", said Naismith. Whole melons are not included in this recall.

Of the 60 cases reported to date, 32 were reported in MI.


This year's flu season was the deadliest season for children in almost a decade; pre-cut melons are likely the source of the latest salmonella outbreak; and the FDA has reprimanded AbbVie over failing to properly probe patient death complaints.

Costco in Wilmington does not carry any fresh-cut melon products and is not impacted by the recall, according to a manager reached by phone on Saturday morning.

The individuals who became ill said they ate pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or a fruit salad mix that contained melon. Until now there have been 60 illnesses and 31 hospitalizations.

The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide infections. Whole melon is still safe to eat, according to the CDC. This is unsafe enough to lead to death unless the patient receives immediate treatment with antibiotics.

Although the recall affects 10 states, so far, illnesses have been reported in only five.

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