Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-cut Melons

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-cut Melons

A multistate salmonella outbreak has been linked to cut melons, and most of the illnesses have been reported in MI and Indiana.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's now investigating 124 cases in 36 states of people becoming infected with the virus after "being linked to contact live poultry in backyard flocks".

"The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people not to eat pre-cut melon purchased from any Walmart store in Illinois, or any of the other affected states, at this time", said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.

Walmart stores in IL have removed pre-cut melons linked to this outbreak from their shelves. The CDC said people can contract the virus from touching live poultry or their environment, even if the birds appear to be healthy and clean. No deaths have been reported from the bacterial infections, but 31 people have been hospitalized.

The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly. Illnesses starts on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28. Other states that have reported illnesses as part of this outbreak include IL (6 cases), IN (11 cases), Missouri (10 cases), and OH (1 case).

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps around 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria, health experts said.

Elderly people, infants and anyone with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Individuals who believe they might have gotten salmonella should contact their health care provider.

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