Salmonella outbreak in IL, 4 other states blamed on pre-cut melon

Posted June 10, 2018

Citing the CDC, The Illinois Department of Public Health said 60 cases linked to cut melons have been reported across five states, including Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

People who became ill said they got live chicks and ducklings from relatives and from businesses such as feed supply stores, websites and hatcheries, according to the CDC.

Amid an ongoing investigation from IDPH, the agency recommends to not purchase pre-cut melons from Walmart stores in IL.

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Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection that can be contracted through exposure to undercooked animal-based foods, such as poultry and eggs, and contact with feces from an infected animal or person.

Kroger, Walmart, Jay C and Payless stores in the affected states have removed pre-cut melon products tied to the outbreak.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall. Check your fridge and freezer for them and throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. It only applies to pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon. If you have eaten a contaminated pre-cut melon and experience diarrhea, fever and cramps go see a doctor immediately.

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Consumers who do not remember what store their pre-cut melon was purchased from should also discard it.

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

The CDC estimates that salmonella infections - the vast majority of them from food - cause about 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths every year in the United States. The illness often lasts 4 to 7 days. It does not apply to whole melons. Some cases require hospitalization and the illness can be fatal.

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