Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-cut Melons

Massive salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chicken flocks

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

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

The people who took ill came from IL (6), IN (11), MI (32), Missouri (10), and OH (1), the agency said.

Last year, the CDC reported the largest number of salmonella illnesses linked to backyard flocks after the lifestyle trend emerged across the country. The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons. IN and MI residents are also advised to throw away melon from Kroger, Jay C, or Payless stores after the outbreaks, according to a CDC press release Friday. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.

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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.

The Star left a message with Walmart Friday and is awaiting a response. The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people not to eat any pre-cut melons or fruit salads purchased from any Walmart stores. Walmart and Kroger removed all pre-cut melon from the states where cases occurred. Illnesses starts on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28. The elderly, infants, and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. CDC's advice to consumers may expand to include other stores where contaminated pre-cut melon was sold. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

This investigation is expanding rapidly.

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