Fast spreading salmonella outbreak reaches Georgia

Henrietta Brewer
June 13, 2018

Numerous pre-cut melon products have been recalled in the US following an outbreak of salmonella Adelaide that has so far affected 60 people across five states.

The CDC said that 60 people have reportedly been infected with a strain of Salmonella Adelaide, with 31 people hospitalized.

The CDC suggests people to not eat and throw away the pre-cut melons purchased from any of the Walmart stores in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio or Missouri. The melon has also been sold in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia, at stores including Trader Joe's, Walmart, Whole Foods/Amazon, and Costco.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people should throw away or return the recalled melon. On Thursday, Walmart and Kroger removed pre-cut melon linked to this outbreak from all the stores in the affected states, the CDC reported.

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. The recall includes fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit.

The recall affected melon sent to 10 retailers and there are more than 80 universal product numbers customers should check to see if their melon was possibly contaminated.

And, if you have already discarded the label and receipt and have pre-cut melons in your refrigerator, Casey said you should get rid of the product immediately as a precaution.

Of the 60 cases reported to date, 32 were reported in MI. There is an ongoing investigation into the salmonella infections.

Use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness.

People need not avoid whole melons.

On the other hand, salmonellosis is troublesome and even fatal for elderlies, young children, or people with a poor immune system.

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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