Pre-cut melons linked to Illinois Salmonella outbreak

Salmonella outbreak traced to melon

Salmonella outbreak traced to melon

A salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon, including one OH case in Hancock County and at least one each in Michigan's Lenawee and Monroe counties, has public health officials advising consumers to throw away potentially contaminated food.

Those who reported illness said they had eaten pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew melon, or a fruit salad mix with melon. So far, 60 people have been infected with the outbreak strain, and 32 of those cases were in MI.

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. Director Nirav Shah is urging people not to eat pre-cut melons purchased from any Walmart store in IL. Both store chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said.

Other states that reported the illnesses include six cases in IL, 11 cases in IN, 10 cases in Missouri and one case in Ohio.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection and typically last four to seven days, according to the CDC.

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