CDC: Pre-cut melon sold at Walmart making people sick


Health officials recommend people throw away any pre-cut melon from Walmart stores anywhere in IL and say additional grocery stores may be added as the investigation continues.

MI is part of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella. The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons.

The FDA is trying to identify the supplier to the stores where ill people shopped, according to the release. Several of those people have been hospitalized as a result. Those cases range in age from 23 to 87 years and have been reported in all regions of the state, the Illinois Dept of Public Health said. Illnesses have also been reported in Illinois, Missouri and Ohio.

The Centers for Disease Control is tracking a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to pre-cut melon that has already sickened 60 people, including 10 in Missouri.

Most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest. Both chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed fruit associated with the outbreak from their shelves.

There is only one reported case related to this outbreak in OH thus far. 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 were first reported on April 30, and the last documented case was on May 28.

Salmonella exposure usually involves symptoms of diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

Most people recover from a salmonella infection without treatment. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness. In rare cases, salmonella infection can cause death when a person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.