Multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 people

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning OH residents to not eat pre-cut melon from Walmart after an investigation into 60 salmonella cases in five states.

So far, 60 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI.

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The individuals who became ill said they ate pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or a fruit salad mix that contained melon. Initial reports were limited to Walmart, but the recall listing shows the fruit was also sold to Kroger, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens and Whole Foods as well.

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The government agency said that people living in those states should avoid eating cut melon or fruit salad products sold at the large retail stores. The CDC advises individuals who are unsure where they purchased a pre-cut melon product to discard it.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming pre-cut melon.

Currently, the outbreak is limited to five states in the Midwest, with 32 of the 60 cases in MI.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses a year, with 450 of those resulting in death. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days; most people recover without any treatment. The CDC said people can contract the virus from touching live poultry or their environment, even if the birds appear to be healthy and clean. The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.