Pre-cut melons linked to Salmonella outbreaks across 5 states -

Pre-cut melons linked to Salmonella outbreaks across 5 states

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A multi-state Salmonella outbreak has been linked to pre-cut melons sold at Missouri and Illinois Walmart stores, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). 

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports that the melons, including fruit salads, are a likely source for 60 outbreak cases from the following five states: Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. 

There have been 10 confirmed cases in Missouri.

Six cases reported in Illinois matched a multi-state outbreak strain, IDPH said. People between the ages of 23 and 87 across the state were reported ill. 

Amid an ongoing investigation from IDPH, the agency recommends to not purchase pre-cut melons from Walmart stores in Illinois.  

“If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out.  If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider,” said  IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah.

Walmart stores in Illinois have removed the product linked to the outbreak from their shelves. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to identify the source of Salmonella and anticipated more recalls to be issued as more information becomes available.

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