Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-cut Melons

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-cut Melons

A multistate salmonella outbreak has been linked to cut melons, and most of the illnesses have been reported in MI and Indiana. "CDC's advice to consumers may expand to include other stores where contaminated pre-cut melon was sold", according to an alert from the CDC.

The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting six cases of Salmonella that match a multi-state outbreak strain. No deaths have been reported from the bacterial infections, but 31 people have been hospitalized.

Kroger has announced a melon recall that will impact customers in IN and MI. Illnesses have also been reported in Illinois, Missouri and Ohio.

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. Both chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed fruit associated with the outbreak from their shelves.


The departments are urging anyone who purchased pre-cut melon at either Walmart or Kroger to throw it away.

To date, 60 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI. No deaths have been confirmed to date.

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

The illnesses reported so far began on April 30 with the last instance reported May 28.

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.

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