Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-cut Melons

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-cut Melons

Whole melons are not included.

The FDA is trying to identify the supplier to the stores where ill people shopped, according to the release. No deaths have been reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 60 cases of salmonellosis from five states, including OH have been linked to pre-cut melon sold at Kroger and Walmart.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says if you have any pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out.

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The Centers for Disease Control is tracking a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to pre-cut melon that has already sickened 60 people, including 10 in Missouri. The list of states and stores could expand depending on the investigation.

The illnesses reported so far began on April 30 with the last instance reported May 28. Walmart and Kroger are cooperating fully with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with this outbreak. Of the 60 cases reported, 31 (66%) have been hospitalized due to illness associated with the infection.

There is only one reported case related to this outbreak in OH thus far.

Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

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