Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Pre-cut melons linked to Salmonella outbreaks across 5 states

Pre-cut melons linked to Salmonella outbreaks across 5 states

According to WREX, "It's part of a multi-state outbreak where 60 cases from five states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio) have been reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control". No deaths have been reported from the bacterial infections, but 31 people have been hospitalized. All of them reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with one or both of them. The CDC investigation indicates pre-cut melons, including fruit salads, are a likely source from Walmart stores.

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.

Several health agencies are warning customers of Kroger and Walmart about pre-cut melons that were sold being infected with Salmonella in the Midwest. Signs of illness typically occur within 12 to 72 hours and last for four to seven days.

If you're an OH resident and purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, or don't remember where you bought the pre-cut melon, throw it away.

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Pre-cut melon sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, or Ohio. "If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider", said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah.

The FDA is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores where ill people shopped.

The CDC is not recommending that people avoid whole melons.

Those products have now been linked by officials to a rash of salmonella infections around the county. The CDC has indicated there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than what is typically seen.

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