May 20, 2019

Iowa Added to States Where Recalled Melon Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Was Sold, Joining GA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, NC, and OH; Lawsuits Filed

Iowa was added to the states where recalled precut melon linked to a multistate Salmonella outbreak was sold, according to an update posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Tuesday. That means the melon was sold in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Precut Cantaloupe HoneyDew Watermelon Melon Salmonella Outbreak

The Salmonella Adelaide outbreak linked to that product has sickened at least 60 people in five states. The case count is: Michigan (32), Illinois (6), Indiana (11), Missouri (10), and Ohio (1).

Epidemiologic and preliminary traceback evidence shows that the pre-cut melon that was supplied by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana is a likely source of this outbreak. Most of the ill persons said they ate pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or a fruit salad mix made with melons bought from grocery stores in those states. Twenty-five of 39 patients interviewed by government officials said they ate melon; 7 more people said they ate melons but didn’t specify if it was pre-cut. The melons were sold at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon stores.

Ryan Osterholm

Attorney Ryan Osterholm said, “Some people, especially young children and the elderly, can develop lifelong health problems after a Salmonella infection such as reactive arthritis or endocarditis. Others, can become seriously ill and need hospitalization and long term medical care.” You can contact Ryan at 1-888-377-8900 or 612-338-0202.

We asked Ryan Osterholm, an attorney who is representing people sickened in this outbreak, if more ill persons will be identified. He said, “The last update from the CDC was on June 8, 2018. At that time, the last illness onset date was May 28, 2018. It seems likely that this outbreak will continue to grow. The number and type of products recalled is long. We don’t know how the fruit was contaminated, but we do know that peeling and cutting produce increases the risk that bacteria on the skin will spread to the flesh. Our law firm filed the first lawsuit in this outbreak yesterday.”

Officials use the PulseNet system to find people who may be part of this outbreak. PulseNet is a national sub typing network that collects and saves DNA records from bacteria from ill persons. They test the DNA using techniques called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole genome sequencing (WGS). That information is put into a national database and is used to identify outbreaks.

If you have been suffering from the symptoms of a Salmonella infection, please see your doctor. Those symptoms include diarrhea that may be bloody, stomach and abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, and a fever. Most people do recover on their own after this infection, but others do become very ill and need hospitalization. In this outbreak, 66% of patients have been hospitalized because they are so sick.

Bad Bug Law Team | Pritzker Law Firm

If you or a loved one have been sickened with a Salmonella infection after eating recalled precut melons, please contact our experienced attorneys for help at 1-888-377-8900 or 612-338-0202. Fred Pritzker recently won a multimillion dollar lawsuit for a child who had to undergo brain surgery after a Salmonella infection.


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