Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

Officials Linking Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak To Pre-Cut Melons

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 60 cases from five states, including Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

60 people have been sickened and 31 people have been hospitalized after eating the contaminated melon in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and OH, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Other states also have reported illnesses - including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and OH - with 28 sickened outside of MI. The CDC advises OH and MI consumers who bought pre-cut melon at a Walmart store to throw the fruit away.

Officials say people should throw away or return recalled products.

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Healthy people who get salmonellosis can recover without any special treatment after the regular symptoms end, including diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. Majority bought the pre-cut melon from Kroger or Walmart stores. However, for some, diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is necessary.

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Pre-cut melon, including watermelon and honeydew, were recalled on Friday after several people reported getting salmonella after eating the fruit.

The recall affected at least 10 large grocery chains, including Whole Foods, which is a subsidiary of Amazon.com. The products were sold in clear plastic containers.

Six cases reported in IL matched a multi-state outbreak strain, IDPH said.

Use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. No deaths linked to the outbreak have been reported. The CDC said authorities are investigating whether the affected products went to additional stores or states. The CDC estimates salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses a year, with 450 of those resulting in death. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

The CDC suggests throwing away any fresh-cut melon products from these retailers or if you can't remember where it was purchased.

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