Multi-state Salmonella outbreak connected to Walmart pre-cut melons

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People are urged not to eat pre-cut melons purchased from any Walmart or Kroger store in OH, or in any other affected states.

Most of those infected with the salmonella strain bought pre-cut melons, including cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with melon, at one of the stores, according to state officials.

So far all the illnesses in Missouri have been traced to melon purchased at Walmart stores, but the CDC said the investigation is ongoing and the alert may expand to include other chains.

The FDA is trying to identify the supplier to the stores where ill people shopped, according to the release.

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

It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon.

People need not avoid whole melons.

The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly.

Illnesses were reported from April 30 to May 28, and the people affected range in age from younger than 1 year old to 97 years old. Of the 60 cases reported, 31 (66%) have been hospitalized due to illness associated with the infection.

Salmonella exposure usually involves symptoms of diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. In rare cases, salmonella infection can cause death when a person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.

According to Food Safety News, there are 32 cases reported in MI, 11 in IN, 10 in Missouri, six in IL and one in Ohio.

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