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

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A multistate outbreak of salmonella linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in five Midwestern states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. Some people could end up with severe diarrhea that requires a hospital trip.

Currently, the outbreak is limited to five states in the Midwest, with 32 of the 60 cases in MI. "CDC's advice to consumers may expand to include other stores where contaminated pre-cut melon was sold", according to an alert from the CDC. Walmart stores in IL have removed pre-cut melons linked to this outbreak from their shelves. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.

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The Salmonella has been linked to the pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or fruit salad containing melon purchased at either Walmart or Kroger stores, including Jay C and Payless stores. Illnesses starts on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28. Most bought their pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says six cases of salmonella have reported in that state.

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Officials say the IL salmonella cases linked to pre-cut melon affected people ages 23 to 87. Walmart and Kroger are cooperating fully with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with this outbreak. Most people affected by salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and recover without treatment.

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria. Individuals who believe they may have become ill with Salmonella should contact their health care provider. As the investigation continues, additional grocery stores may be added.

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