At least 124 people in 36 states have been sickened in salmonella outbreaks linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.
The CDC said Walmart and Kroger stores in the affected states had removed pre-cut melon linked to the outbreak from their shelves.
The departments are urging anyone who purchased pre-cut melon at either Walmart or Kroger to throw it away.
Several health agencies are warning customers of Kroger and Walmart about pre-cut melons that were sold being infected with Salmonella in the Midwest.
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Other states included in this outbreak include Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. As the investigation continues, additional grocery stores may be added.
Caito Foods is voluntarily recalling fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit containing one of these melons, produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis. No deaths have been reported from the bacterial infections, but 31 people have been hospitalized. Most people are able to fully recover in 4 to 7 days. The CDC has indicated there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than what is typically seen.
So far all the illnesses in Missouri have been traced to melon purchased at Walmart stores, but the CDC said the investigation is ongoing and the alert may expand to include other chains. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.