Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Includes Illinois

Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Includes Illinois

Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Includes Illinois

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

Walmart stores in IL have removed pre-cut melons from their shelves, according to IDPH.

Officials said pre-cut melons distributed by Caito Foods, which is based in Indianapolis, were the likely source of the outbreak. Caito Foods recalled fresh-cut watermelons, honeydews, melons, cantaloupes and fresh-cut fruit medleys on Friday. Other recalls may be coming as the U.S. Drug and Food Administration learns more.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says if you have any pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out. It only applies to pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon. An investigation is still ongoing to determine if other states or stores are affected by the outbreak.

Currently, the outbreak is limited to five states in the Midwest, with 32 of the 60 cases in MI. Most people affected by salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and recover without treatment.


The CDC says this particular salmonella outbreak could mean more hospitalized people than usual. IDPH said the illness usually lasts four to seven days.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses a year, with 450 of those resulting in death. However, for some, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is necessary.

The advice from the CDC does not apply to whole melons.

Dozens of people are sick across the Midwest due to a salmonella outbreak in certain pre-chopped melons.

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