Multi-state Salmonella outbreak connected to Walmart pre-cut melons

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A new salmonella outbreak is linked to pre-cut melons sold at Illinois Walmart stores. Most bought their pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores.

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.

Most of those infected with the salmonella strain bought pre-cut melons, including cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with melon, at one of the stores, according to state officials. Whole melons are not included.

The FDA is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores where ill people shopped.

It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon. Several of those people have been hospitalized as a result.

MI has reported 32 cases of illness, and IN has reported 11. Illnesses have also been reported in Illinois, Missouri and Ohio.

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Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services have issued a warning about a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon. It only applies to pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon.

There is only one reported case related to this outbreak in OH thus far.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting six cases of Salmonella that match a multi-state outbreak strain. Illnesses starts on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28. Most people are able to fully recover in 4 to 7 days. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.

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

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