60 people sick from salmonella melon outbreak across Midwest — CDC

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Georgia, along with seven other states, is on a list of affected areas that have salmonella in pre-cut melons.

Walmart, Kroger, Jay C and Payless stores in the affected states removed the pre-cut melon products on Thursday, the CDC said.

About 60 people in five states, including five in IN, were sickened by the fruit, the health department said. "If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider", said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah.

In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

The melon recall did not impact any Walgreens stores in North Carolina, according to a spokesperson.

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The CDC estimates that salmonella infections - the vast majority of them from food - cause about 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths every year in the United States.

Recalled products are sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers at a number of different retailers. Out of 60 cases, 32 are in MI, so this state appears to be more affected.

Consumers who do not remember what store their pre-cut melon was purchased from should also discard it. Therefore, it is recommended that people not eat pre-cut melon from Walmart stores anywhere in IL.

On Friday, Caito Foods recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing these melons produced at their facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. So far, FDA has reported 60 illnesses that occurred between April 30, 2018 and May 28, 2018. Cases are usually worse in young people, the elderly and those with already compromised immune symptoms. Until now there have been 60 illnesses and 31 hospitalizations.

In a tweet, FDA Comissioner Scott Gottlieb advised people to check "fridge and freezer for recalled pre-cut melon linked to Salmonella outbreak".

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