Salmonella outbreak in Illinois, Missouri, other states linked to pre-cut melons

Pearl Mccarthy
June 9, 2018

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.

At least 124 people in 36 states have been sickened in salmonella outbreaks linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said more people have been hospitalized from this outbreak compared to past ones.

Precut cantaloupe, watermelon and melon mixes sold in select Kroger, Jay C, Owen's and Pay Less stores in IN and MI are being recalled, the grocer announced Friday. They include cramps, fever and diarrhea and while most healthy people can recover without seeking medical care, babies, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems may suffer from a more severe form of illness, the release said.

Pre-cut melon sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, or Ohio.

- If you recently bought some pre-cut melons, you'll want to throw them out depending where they were bought.

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Health officials say only pre-cut melons have been linked at this time and recommend consumers buy whole melons.

People who ate those pre-cut melon products began falling ill with the salmonella adelaide strain of the bacteria in late April, and hospitalization spiked two weeks later, with patients ranging from an infant to a 97-year-old.

Officials say the IL salmonella cases linked to pre-cut melon affected people ages 23 to 87. IDPH said the illness usually lasts four to seven days.

"If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out".

"This investigation is moving rapidly".

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