Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon, includes Ohio

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WAVE3 reports here that the ISDH say 60 people in five states have been sickened as of June 7.

Consumers who bought pre-cut melon from Walmart or Kroger, including fruit salad mixes with melon, should throw it away, officials said.

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.

- The CDC has issued a warning after a group of pre-cut melon products may have led to the hospitalization of over 30 people for salmonella infections. Caito Foods recalled fresh-cut watermelons, honeydews, melons, cantaloupes and fresh-cut fruit medleys on Friday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now trying to find the supplier to affected stores. If you are unsure of where you bought the pre-cut melon, the CDC says that it should be thrown away.

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No deaths have been reported but 32 of the 60 cases of people falling ill have happened in MI.

Currently, the outbreak is limited to five states in the Midwest, with 32 of the 60 cases in MI.

Those salmonella symptoms usually show up 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Most often, however, people recover from a salmonella infection without medical attention. Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to severe illness. Walmart stores in IL have removed pre-cut melons linked to this outbreak from their shelves.

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.

The advice from the CDC does not apply to whole melons.

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