At Least 60 People Sick After Eating Potentially Contaminated Melon

At Least 60 People Sick After Eating Potentially Contaminated Melon

Packages of pre-cut fresh fruit have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Other states also have reported illnesses - including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and OH - with 28 sickened outside of MI. Caito Food distributed products to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

Health officials advise anyone who has recently purchased a pre-cut melon from the stores to not eat it. The tainted melon has sickened 60 people, with 31 hospitalized.

People with salmonella may develop symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Most often, however, people recover from a salmonella infection without medical attention.

Pre-cut melon is linked with an outbreak of Salmonella in five states.

Officials say the IL salmonella cases linked to pre-cut melon affected people ages 23 to 87. A recall has affected eight states, the CDC said. The products were sold in clear plastic containers.


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.

The products recalled were honeydew melon, cantaloupe, fresh-cut watermelon, as well as fresh-cut mixed fruit products. Reported illness onset dates range from 4/30/18 - 5/28/18.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

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

Amid an ongoing investigation from IDPH, the agency recommends to not purchase pre-cut melons from Walmart stores in IL.

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you dont remember where it was purchased. So far, FDA has reported 60 illnesses that occurred between April 30, 2018 and May 28, 2018. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

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