Health officials link pre-cut melon to salmonella outbreak in MI

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. The company has since issued a recall notice in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and OH - removing clear plastic containers of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and mixed melons from the shelves.

A new salmonella outbreak is linked to pre-cut melons sold at Illinois Walmart stores.

The pre-cut melons have been removed from Walmart store shelves in IL.

Whole melons are still safe to eat, according to the CDC.

Any pre-cut melon or fruit salads with melon if you don't remember where it was purchased.

IL cases range in age from 23 to 87 years and officials say cases have been reported in all regions of the state. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

The individuals who became ill said they ate pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or a fruit salad mix that contained melon. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness.

Those products have now been linked by officials to a rash of salmonella infections around the county. Both chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed fruit associated with the outbreak from their shelves. The CDC has indicated there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than what is typically seen.

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