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The CDC’s release shows five Midwestern states have reported illnesses: Illinois (6), Indiana (11), Michigan (32), Missouri (10), and Ohio (1). The CDC is also warning consumers in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina to avoid pre-cut melon.
The CDC reports that the people who became ill said they ate pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or a fruit salad mix that contained melon. Most of the victims said they bought the pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores, but a number of other retailers are also affected, including: Costco, Jay C, Owen’s, Payless, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, and Whole Foods/Amazon.
The statement from the CDC reads:
“On June 8, 2018, Caito Foods, LLC recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“Recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.
“Recalled products were sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.
“The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states.”
Outbreak illnesses started on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28. Other statistics from the CDC:
- People who have become ill from the pre-cut melon range in age from less than 1 year to 97.
- The median age is 67.
- Sixty-five percent of the victims are female.
- No deaths have been reported.
Illnesses that occurred after May 20 might not yet be reported because of the time it takes from when a person becomes ill to when the illness is reported. This can take as long as a month, but is generally about two weeks.
Salmonella bacteria produce a disease called salmonellosis. The disease generally develops from 12 hours to three days after the consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella.
As with most types of foodborne illnesses, symptoms can include:
- diarrhea, which can be bloody
- severe abdominal pain
- high fever
Those symptoms can last as long as a week. Most people recover without needing to see their doctor, but in some cases, diarrhea becomes so severe that hospitalization is necessary.
Salmonella bacteria are responsible for as many as 1.2 million foodborne illnesses in the United States annually, according to the CDC. Salmonellosis, which affects the intestinal tract, is one of the most common types of food poisoning in the U.S. on a yearly basis.
About 450 deaths per year
The CDC estimates that of the approximately 1.2 million annual cases of Salmonella infection, about 23,000 victims will need to be hospitalized. Further, about 450 victims will die.
People most at risk for complications are children under the age of 5 years old, senior citizens, women who are pregnant, and people with weakened immune systems.
Complications from salmonellosis occur when Salmonella bacteria enter the bloodstream. Those complications can produce conditions such as:
- meningitis, which is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
- endocarditis, which is an infection of the heart’s inner lining that usually involves the heart valves.
- osteomyelitis, which is bone inflammation that usually targets the legs, arms, or spine.
- reactive arthritis, which is also known as Reiter’s syndrome and is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in response to Salmonella infection in another part of the body.