CDC: Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons

CDC: Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons

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.

No deaths have been reported, the CDC announced in a news release Friday afternoon, but 60 people have been sickened in five states: Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. All of them reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with one or both of them. Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN or MI should also be thrown away. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

The departments are urging anyone who purchased pre-cut melon at either Walmart or Kroger to throw it away. Walmart and Kroger removed all pre-cut melon from the states where cases occurred.

IDPH suggests that anyone who has pre-cut melon from Walmart should throw it out, and if they have eaten it and experience diarrhea, fever and cramps, they should contact a health care provider.

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Health officials say only pre-cut melons have been linked at this time and recommend consumers buy whole melons. Some people could end up with severe diarrhea that requires a hospital trip. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness.

"This investigation is moving rapidly".

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.

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