Georgia impacted by pre-cut melon salmonella outbreak

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recall of precut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and fruit salads containing the like on Friday after 60 people became ill with salmonella Adelaide infections.

There have been 60 people reported infected and 31 people hospitalized with salmonella infection in five Midwestern states, said the CDC. The reported cases were in IL (6), in (11), MI (32), Missouri (10) and OH (1).

On Thursday, Walmart, Kroger, Jay C and Payless stores in the affected states removed pre-cut melon products linked to the outbreak, the CDC said in announcing the outbreak.

The CDC says there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than usual. The illness often lasts 4 to 7 days.

Kroger, along with WalMart and Costco took pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon and melon mixes out of their stores in IN and MI after the products were linked to possible contamination from a strain of Salmonella Adelaide.

Last month, a salmonella outbreak in the U.S. caused the infection tens of people.

Most of those affected said that they bought the fruit at Kroger or Walmart stores.

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

Retailers are being urged not sell or serve recalled precut melon products distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service and SpartanNash Distribution. No deaths have been reported so far.

Salmonellosis is a foodborne illness caused by a bacterium named salmonella. The CDC investigation indicates pre-cut melons, including fruit salads.

Health officials say only pre-cut melons have been linked at this time and recommend consumers buy whole melons.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting six cases of Salmonella that match a multi-state outbreak strain. Cases are usually worse in young people, the elderly and those with already compromised immune symptoms.