Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
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Throw away pre-cut melon, CDC warns in multistate salmonella outbreak

Throw away pre-cut melon, CDC warns in multistate salmonella outbreak

More than 60 people have come down with salmonella after eating pre-cut melon from Walmart, including six people from IL, and may have been distributed at other stores. It said there are 60 cases between Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

Those who reported illness said they had eaten pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew melon, or a fruit salad mix with melon. IN and MI residents are also advised to throw away melon from Kroger, Jay C, or Payless stores after the outbreaks, according to a CDC press release Friday. If you have eaten a contaminated pre-cut melon and experience diarrhea, fever and cramps go see a doctor immediately.

The pre-cut melons have been removed from Walmart store shelves in IL.

The FDA is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores where ill people shopped. The CDC said people can contract the virus from touching live poultry or their environment, even if the birds appear to be healthy and clean.

No deaths have been reported but 32 of the 60 cases of people falling ill have happened in MI.

Walmart and Kroger are cooperating with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

Dozens of people are sick across the Midwest due to a salmonella outbreak in certain pre-chopped melons. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

This investigation is expanding rapidly.

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