Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon, CDC says


Janet Hill, COO of the Rock Island County Health Department, said the agency hasn't indicated whether any cases are from the Illinois Quad-Cities, but urged consumers to not eat pre-cut melon from area Walmarts.

The products were sold at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Walgreens, Whole Foods and other stores in Indiana, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services have issued a warning about a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon.

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.

Six cases have been reported in IL, ranging in the age from 23 to 87 years old.

Those who reported illness said they had eaten pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew melon, or a fruit salad mix with melon. The list of states and stores could expand depending on the investigation. However, for some, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is necessary.

Most people recover from a salmonella infection without treatment. "If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out". Pre-cut melons and fruit salads are seen as the likely source. Sorry. We just want to make sure you don't get sick.

Health officials say it's important to remember food safety measures, including washing the fruit before cutting, wash hands and utensils, and don't let fruits and vegetables come in contact with raw meat. The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.



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