CDC: Pre-cut melon cause of multistate salmonella outbreak

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The melon warning comes days after the apparent end of an E. coli bacteria outbreak that killed one person, sent 75 to hospitals, and caused a nationwide warning against eating romaine lettuce. Overall, 60 people have been infected with the strain - six in IL, 11 in IN, 32 in MI, 10 in Missouri and one in OH - and 31 people have been hospitalized. Those who reported illness said they had eaten pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew melon, or a fruit salad mix with melon. In Georgia, these include Costco, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods.

The recalled products were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and OH and sold in clear, plastic containers at stores including Costco Wholesale Corp, Kroger Co, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart Inc, and Whole Foods, a unit of Amazon.com Inc.

The FDA said it's working with the CDC to determine if the recalled products went to additional stores or states. The melon products have been recalled. Kroger Co. said customers who purchased the melon from the company's IN and MI store locations should not consume them and return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.

If it is unknown which store melons were purchased from, health officials say not to eat the fruit and throw it away.

-Number of people sickened and hospitalized: The CDC reports 60 people infected, 31 of which have been hospitalized, 51.7 percent.

However, it wasn't until Friday that the CDC announced the connection to the multistate outbreak, said Karim Baroudi, Hancock Public Health commissioner. They were produced by Caito Foods in Indianapolis from April 17 through Thursday. "Caito Foods has ceased producing and distributing these products as the company and FDA continue their investigation".

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