Cut melons linked to salmonella outbreak in Michigan, Indiana

Massive salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chicken flocks

CDC: Pre-cut melon linked to salmonella reports in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio

Six people are sick in IL, 11 in IN, 32 in MI, 10 in Missouri and one in Ohio.

There is only one reported case related to this outbreak in OH thus far. It only applies to pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon. The CDC has also issued a warning about a salmonella risk from pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C and Payless stories in IN and MI. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.

Most people who have been infected with this strain of salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection can appear within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed. "If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider".

The CDC said that retailers should not serve or sell pre-cut melon products that were distributed by SpartanNash Distribution, Caito Foods Distribution and Gordon Food Service.

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you don't remember where it was purchased. Several of those people have been hospitalized as a result. The elderly, infants, and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.

This investigation is expanding rapidly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no need to avoid whole melon at this point.

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