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

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Health officials have issued an advisory about a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons sold at certain stores in the Midwest. Walmart and Kroger removed all pre-cut melon from the states where cases occurred.

The FDA is trying to identify the supplier to the stores where ill people shopped, according to the release.

A CDC investigation indicates pre-cut melons, including fruit salads, are a likely source of the outbreak in Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois and Ohio.

It's also important to remember food safety measures if you buy whole melons.

If you bought pre-cut melon at a Walmart in Missouri, throw it away. Now.

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Of the 60 people reported sick, 31 have been hospitalized due to illness associated with the infection. No deaths have been confirmed to date.

"In interviews, 55 (74%) of 74 ill people with information available reported contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illness started", the CDC said.

The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly.

Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. Other states also have reported illnesses - including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and OH - with 28 sickened outside of MI. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.