Multi-state Salmonella outbreak connected to Walmart pre-cut melons

Grant Boone
June 9, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recalling pre-cut melon and pre-made fruit salads with melon distributed to stores in eight states-Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio-because of potential salmonella bacteria contamination.

No deaths have been reported but 32 of the 60 cases of people falling ill have happened in MI.

Other states included in this outbreak include Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. This warning includes melon in prepared fruit salads.

A salmonella outbreak affecting five states including IL and Missouri is linked to pre-cut melons, according to IL health officials. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.

Most of the 60 people who have been infected with the strain of salmonella purchased pre-cut melon from either a Walmart or Kroger store, according to a release. Signs of illness typically occur within 12 to 72 hours and last for four to seven days. "If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider".

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The CDC says Walmart has already removed linked pre-cut melons from shelves. Most people recover without treatment, but severe cases can lead to hospitalization. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said.

Those products have now been linked by officials to a rash of salmonella infections around the county.

"This investigation is moving rapidly".

More information and steps to take to reduce the risk of infection can be found on the CDC Salmonella website at www.cdc.gov/salmonella/.

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