Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons — CDC

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons — CDC

The CDC has also issued a warning about a salmonella risk from pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C and Payless stories in IN and MI.

Consumers who purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri or OH, should not eat it and are advised to throw it away, the CDC recommends.

Health officials are linking a multi-state salmonella outbreak to pre-cut melons, including those in fruit salads.

Whole melons are still safe to eat, according to the CDC.

The FDA is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores where ill people shopped.

Thirty-one people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, the CDC said, and no deaths have been reported. Illnesses have also been reported in Illinois, Missouri and Ohio.

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At least 124 people in 36 states have been sickened in salmonella outbreaks linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. The people impacted were ages 1 to 97-years-old.

The CDC said Walmart and Kroger stores in the affected states had removed pre-cut melon linked to the outbreak from their shelves. If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out.

To date, 60 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI. No deaths have been confirmed to date.

Other states included in this outbreak include Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio.

Salmonella symptoms tend to include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after someone eats the contaminated food. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritisor Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation. Other grocery stores could be added to the list.

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