Hancock County woman sickened by recalled melon

Pre-cut melon packaged on its own and in fruit salad mix has been linked to an outbreak of salmonella

The plastic clamshell packages of melon, which carry generic labels, were sold at Costco, JayC, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that the outbreak affects eight states including Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio. Officials are advising people to avoid eating anything on the new recall list, which includes specific brands of "fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh cut fruit medley products".

Illnesses from the fruit were reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

About 60 people in five states, including five in IN, were sickened by the fruit, the health department said.

The CDC is continuing their investigation to determine if the products went to additional retailers. The fruit was produced in a facility in Indianapolis, Ind. So far, people have been reported ill in five states.

The FDA reports the youngest infected is an infant and the oldest is 97 years old.

If the UPC code is still on the product, consumers can check the number on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website. Consumers are urged to throw away pre-cut melon that fall within the recall.

If it is unknown which store melons were purchased from, health officials say not to eat the fruit and throw it away. Salmonella sickens more than one million people annually in the States, with common symptoms including temporary fever, vomiting and abdominal pain. Most people can recover from the illness one their own, but if the infection manages to make the jump from the digestive system to the blood stream it can eventually result in death unless medical treatment is administered. "However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized".

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