Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut Walmart melon

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting six cases of Salmonella that match a multi-state outbreak strain.

Individuals who have consumed pre-cut melon and are experiencing symptoms of Salmonella infection should contact a healthcare provider.

Walmart and Kroger are cooperating with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak.

Amid an ongoing investigation from IDPH, the agency recommends to not purchase pre-cut melons from Walmart stores in IL. Fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut fruit medley products sold and distributed in the eight states are linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide. Other recalls may be coming as the U.S. Drug and Food Administration learns more. The CDC advised OH and MI consumers who bought pre-cut melon at a Walmart store to throw the fruit away.

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Health officials say only pre-cut melons have been linked at this time and recommend consumers buy whole melons. As the investigation continues, additional grocery stores may be added. Several of those people have been hospitalized as a result. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days; most people recover without any treatment.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States every year. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said.

Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection that can be contracted through exposure to undercooked animal-based foods, such as poultry and eggs, and contact with feces from an infected animal or person.

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