Officials Linking Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak To Pre-Cut Melons

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So far, 60 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI. Other states that have reported illnesses as part of this outbreak include IL (6 cases), IN (11 cases), Missouri (10 cases), and OH (1 case).

The individuals who became ill said they ate pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or a fruit salad mix that contained melon.

Walmart and Kroger have removed the cut melon products from their stores and area cooperating with a Centers for Disease Control investigation.

People are also asked to be careful when handling whole melons. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.

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IDPH Director Nirav Shah, M.D., J.D. stated in a press release, "The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people not to eat pre-cut melon purchased from any Walmart store in Illinois, or any of the other affected states, at this time".

The illnesses started on April 30 and ranged through May 28. "If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider".

Salmonella can develop 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food and usually lasts four to seven days. They said it could be because there's a lot of bacteria in the fruit or because more people of an older age were impacted.

Elderly people, infants and anyone with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. As the investigation continues, additional grocery stores may be added. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

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