Salmonella linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 in Midwest

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So far, 60 people have been sickened by the outbreak - 32 were in MI - and at least 31 people have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. The CDC advises customers to not eat recalled products and retailers to not sell or serve the recalled melon products distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Services or SpartanNash Distribution.

The products were sold at stores including Walmart, Walgreens, Costco and Kroger and other.

Most of those affected said they bought the fruit at Kroger or Walmart stores. Consumers who have purchased pre-cut melon, including fruit salads mixed with melon, are urged not to eat it and throw it away.

The outbreak has been connected to pre-cut melon purchased at any Illinois Walmart.

- If you recently bought some pre-cut melons, you'll want to throw them out depending where they were bought.

The food-borne bacteria sickens more than 1 million people annually in the United States, most commonly presenting as temporary fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain.

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating 60 infections across five states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no need to avoid whole melon at this point. For some people, though, the diarrhea that accompanies the illness may be severe and require hospitalization. Most often, however, people recover from a salmonella infection without medical attention.

The CDC has indicated that pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods of Indianapolis is a likely source of the outbreak.

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