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CDC: 'Throw away' pre-cut melons after salmonella outbreak

09 June 2018

Sixty cases have been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

IDPH said the CDC has notified the state agency that this outbreak has included more hospitalizations than usual. This warning includes melon in prepared fruit salads. Pre-cut melons and fruit salads are seen as the likely source.

Health officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to the consumption of pre-cut melons purchased at grocery stores.

"Most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest". The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

No deaths have been confirmed to date, but 31 percent of the people infected had to be hospitalized. "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.

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The outbreak has been connected to pre-cut melon purchased at any Illinois Walmart. Walmart and Kroger removed all pre-cut melon from the states where cases occurred.

The advice from the CDC does not apply to whole melons.

Pre-cut melon sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, or Ohio. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Salmonella infections most often cause mild to severe gastroenteritis and severe invasive infections, both which are potentially life-threatening.

CDC: 'Throw away' pre-cut melons after salmonella outbreak