Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon


Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall.

The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

To date, 60 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI.

Diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps are the symptoms of salmonella infection. IDPH said the illness usually lasts four to seven days.

While cut melons are the only ones linked to this outbreak, IDPH said people should remember some safety measures for consuming melons bought whole as well. Each of their products contained at least one melon produced at the company's facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

More than 60 people have come down with salmonella after eating pre-cut melon from Walmart, including six people from IL, and may have been distributed at other stores.

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It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon.

The outbreak has been connected to pre-cut melon purchased at any Illinois Walmart. "If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out", Shah said.

Walmart stores in IL have removed the product linked to the outbreak from their shelves. The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons. It only applies to pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon.

Most people recover from a salmonella infection without treatment.

No deaths have been confirmed to date, but 31 percent of the people infected had to be hospitalized.