Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

Leslie Hanson
June 9, 2018

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting six cases of Salmonella that match a multi-state outbreak strain. Several of those people have been hospitalized as a result. Sixty cases have been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

Last year, the CDC reported the largest number of salmonella illnesses linked to backyard flocks after the lifestyle trend emerged across the country.

It's also important to remember food safety measures if you buy whole melons. The CDC has also issued a warning about a salmonella risk from pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C and Payless stories in IN and MI.

The people who got sick reported getting chicks and ducklings from places such as feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries and from relatives, the CDC said in a news release.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning OH residents to not eat pre-cut melon from Walmart after an investigation into 60 salmonella cases in five states.

The Star left a message with Walmart Friday and is awaiting a response.

The departments are urging anyone who purchased pre-cut melon at either Walmart or Kroger to throw it away.

"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.

Walmart and Kroger have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak. Most people affected by salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and recover without treatment.

The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly. The elderly, infants, and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. In rare cases, salmonella infection can cause death when a person is not treated promptly with antibiotics. Individuals who believe they may have become ill with Salmonella should contact their health care provider.

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