Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut Walmart melon


Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut Walmart melon

IN has had 11 sickened, while Missouri has had 10, OH has had one case and IL six. The cases have been reported in all regions of the state.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and local health departments are working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the recent outbreak.

For now the agency is recommending that Missourians discard melon and fruit salads that contain it if it came from Walmart or if they don't remember where it came from.

A multi-state Salmonella outbreak has been linked to pre-cut melons.

At least 60 people have been sickened and dozens have been hospitalized with salmonella after tainted pre-cut melons were distributed to stores such as Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Whole Foods in several states, federal officials said.

Walmart settled lawsuits in 2014 with the families of some of the 33 people who died of listeria infections traced to cantaloupes from Colorado that the retailer sold. Signs of illness typically occur within 12 to 72 hours and last for four to seven days.

Dozens of people are sick across the Midwest due to a salmonella outbreak in certain pre-chopped melons. If you have eaten pre-cut melon and have diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider.

People are also asked to be careful when handling whole melons.

If you're an OH resident and purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, or don't remember where you bought the pre-cut melon, throw it away.

The CDC says Walmart has already removed linked pre-cut melons from shelves. The elderly, infants, and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States every year.



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