Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Health officials link pre-cut melon to salmonella outbreak in MI

Health officials link pre-cut melon to salmonella outbreak in MI

The salmonella cases in IN and MI were traced to melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C and Payless grocers. "If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your healthcare provider". CDC's advice to consumers may expand to include other stores where contaminated pre-cut melon was sold.

People who reportedly fell ill, obtained their chicks and ducklings from several sources, including feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries and from relatives, the agency said.

Currently, the outbreak is limited to five states in the Midwest, with 32 of the 60 cases in MI.

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If you bought pre-cut melon at a Walmart in Missouri, throw it away. Now. Walmart and Kroger removed all pre-cut melon from the states where cases occurred.

Of the 124 cases, 21 people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported.

It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon. No deaths have been confirmed to date.

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"In interviews, 55 (74%) of 74 ill people with information available reported contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illness started", the CDC said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 60 current cases from five states; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

Elderly people, infants and anyone with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

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This investigation is expanding rapidly.

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