Salmonella Outbreak That Sickened 60 Is Linked to Pre-Cut Melons

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The Illinois Department of Public Health said more people have been hospitalized from this outbreak compared to past ones.

"If you don't remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don't eat it and throw it away".

It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon. Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN or MI should also be thrown away. It recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products at its facility.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now trying to find the supplier to affected stores.

People are urged not to eat pre-cut melons purchased from any Walmart or Kroger store in OH, or in any other affected states. Whole melons are not included. As the investigation continues, additional grocery stores may be added.

Currently, the outbreak is limited to five states in the Midwest, with 32 of the 60 cases in MI. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days; most people recover without any treatment. Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to severe illness.

At least 60 people have been made sick and 31 are in the hospital after eating pre-cut melon contaminated with salmonella, federal health officials said Saturday. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said. Make sure to wash the melons before you start cutting.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Salmonella infections most often cause mild to severe gastroenteritis and severe invasive infections, both which are potentially life-threatening.