Recalled products were distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.
The CDC said that Kroger, Walmart, Payless and Jay C stores located in the affected areas have recalled their products which contained pre-cut melon from the market. "However, if a Kroger customer has any concerns about pre-cut melon and/or pre-made fruit salads purchased at a Kroger store, they may return it to the store for a full refund". Those sickened often develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food.
If there's pre-cut melon in your fridge, take care: A salmonella outbreak has been linked to such melons across several states, the CDC says. This year's flu season lasted 19 weeks, peaking in February, and was driven by a strain of the flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, according to the report.
Last month, a salmonella outbreak in the United States caused the infection tens of people. In such cases, the salmonella infection may spread to the bloodstream and to other body sites, leading to a life-threatening infection that requires prompt treatment with antibiotics.
The melon comes in clamshell containers.
Of the 60 cases reported to date, 32 were reported in MI.
The recall only affects pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon, not whole melons, the CDC said. So far, FDA has reported 60 illnesses that occurred between April 30, 2018 and May 28, 2018. The CDC said authorities are investigating whether the affected products went to additional stores or states.
Still, the current salmonella outbreak is minor compared to past events - such as a 2010 outbreak in which more than 1,500 people fell ill, or a peanut contamination one year earlier, which was linked to nine deaths.
If it is unknown which store melons were purchased from, health officials say not to eat the fruit and throw it away. Cases are usually worse in young people, the elderly and those with already compromised immune symptoms.