Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons — CDC

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Other states that have reported illnesses as part of this outbreak include IL (6 cases), IN (11 cases), Missouri (10 cases), and OH (1 case).

IDPH said the CDC has notified the state agency that this outbreak has included more hospitalizations than usual. CDC's advice to consumers may expand to include other stores where contaminated pre-cut melon was sold. Pre-cut melons and fruit salads are seen as the likely source.

Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services have issued a warning about a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon.

On Thursday, Walmart, Kroger, Jay C and Payless stores in the affected states removed pre-cut melon products linked to the outbreak, the CDC said in announcing the outbreak.

Walmart settled lawsuits in 2014 with the families of some of the 33 people who died of listeria infections traced to cantaloupes from Colorado that the retailer sold.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection can appear within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed.

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

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.

People are also asked to be careful when handling whole melons.

The pre-cut melons have been removed from Walmart store shelves in IL.

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you don't remember where it was purchased.

This investigation is expanding rapidly.

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