Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon sold at Walmart, Kroger

Alicia Farmer
June 9, 2018

It said there are 60 cases between Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

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

The includes melons you might buy in a fruit salad.

Walmart stores in IL have removed pre-cut melons from their shelves, according to IDPH.

Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN and MI. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.

Health officials recommend people throw away any pre-cut melon from Walmart stores anywhere in IL and say additional grocery stores may be added as the investigation continues.

Walmart and Kroger are cooperating fully with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with this outbreak.

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Most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest.

Those salmonella symptoms usually show up 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food.

If you have shopped at Walmart recently you might want to throw some things out. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Health officials say only pre-cut melons have been linked at this time and recommend consumers buy whole melons.

Those products have now been linked by officials to a rash of salmonella infections around the county.

Individuals who believe they might have gotten salmonella should contact their health care provider. The CDC has indicated there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than what is typically seen.

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