Salmonella outbreak hits pre-cut melons just in time for summer

Salmonella outbreak hits pre-cut melons just in time for summer

So far, six cases have been reported in the state - as well as several other cases in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and OH - in all regions of IL, the IDPH release stated.

Pre-cut melon sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, or Ohio. The recalled products were sold in clear containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods. Consumers are urged to throw away pre-cut melon that fall within the recall.

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Symptoms of salmonella can be varied but generally include cramps, fever, and diarrhea that develops between 12 and 72 hours after eating the tainted food. Thirty-one people have been hospitalized. People who are older than 65 or younger than 20, transplant recipients, pregnant women, those traveling through countries with poor sanitation, and people with weak immune systems are said to be at the highest risk of becoming infected with salmonella. Each of their products contained at least one melon produced at the company's facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Six cases reported in IL matched a multi-state outbreak strain, IDPH said.


WASHINGTON, D.C. -If you went shopping in North Carolina recently and brought back some pre-cut melon, you need to throw it out. Some cases require hospitalization and the illness can be fatal.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says six cases of salmonella have reported in that state. Therefore, it is recommended that people not eat pre-cut melon from Walmart stores anywhere in IL.

The individuals who became ill said they ate pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or a fruit salad mix that contained melon. If treatment is not started soon enough, the infection can cause death.

Although the recall affects 10 states, so far, illnesses have been reported in only five.

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