As of May 24, 2019, this Salmonella Carrau outbreak linked to Caito Foods LLC appears to be over.
As of May 24, 2019, 137 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Carrau were reported from 10 states.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 3, 2019, to May 1, 2019. Ill people ranged in age from less than one to 98 years, with a median age of 53. Among ill people, 63% were female. Of 104 people with information available, 38 (37%) were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicated that pre-cut melon supplied by Caito Foods LLC of Indianapolis, Ind., was the likely source of this multistate outbreak.
In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill. Fifty-three (64%) of 83 people interviewed reported eating pre-cut melons purchased at grocery stores, including pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, or a fruit salad mix or fruit tray with melon. Five additional people reported eating pre-cut melon outside the home.
Information collected from stores where ill people shopped indicated that Caito Foods LLC supplied pre-cut melon to these stores. On April 12, 2019, Caito Foods, Inc. recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and pre-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons produced at the Caito Foods LLC facility in Indianapolis, Ind.
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