Health officials link pre-cut melon to salmonella outbreak in MI

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"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 and Kroger have removed the cut melon products from their stores and area cooperating with a Centers for Disease Control investigation.

People who reportedly fell ill, obtained their chicks and ducklings from several sources, including feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries and from relatives, the agency said.

Kroger has announced a melon recall that will impact customers in IN and MI.

The outbreak has been connected to pre-cut melon purchased at any Illinois Walmart.

It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon. The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people not to eat any pre-cut melons or fruit salads purchased from any Walmart stores. Of the 60 cases reported, 31 (66%) have been hospitalized due to illness associated with the infection. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is 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.

Salmonella can develop 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food and usually lasts four to seven days. Individuals who believe they may have become ill with Salmonella should contact their health care provider.

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