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Illinois health dept. issues pre-cut melon Salmonella alert

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday there are five reported Salmonella cases in the state linked to pre-cut melon from an Indianapolis-based distributor.

Caito Foods, LLC distributed pre-cut melons that could be contaminated with the bacteria that could make people sick, according to a Friday news release from the state department. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 93 cases from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Alabama, Kentucky, Minnesota and Wisconsin with the earliest illness reported on March 4.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 hours to three days after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. Children younger than five years, seniors older than 65 years and people with weakened immune systems can be affected most by the bacteria, the release said.

State health officials said in the release health care providers should consider Salmonella in diagnosing patients with those symptoms and who have recently consumed pre-cut melon. They should obtain stool cultures and quickly report cases to local health departments, according to the release.

Any pre-cut melon distributed by Caito Foods should be disposed or returned to the store, with the exception of product for testing, the release said.

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