Multi-state Salmonella outbreak connected to Walmart pre-cut melons

The CDC is advising people in five states to throw away pre-cut melon from certain stores after a salmonella outbreak. ] from Wikimedia Commons

The recalled products were distributed to stores in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN and MI.

Health officials are warning a multi-state Salmonella outbreak has been linked to pre-cut melon. Cases have been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and OH in patients ranging from 23 to 87 years old.

The CDC is recalling pre-cut melons, including those found in fruit salads, distribute to several states due to a potential salmonella bacteria contamination.

IDPH says as the investigation continues, additional grocery stores may be added as well.

Those salmonella symptoms usually show up 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Some people could end up with severe diarrhea that requires a hospital trip.

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- If you recently bought some pre-cut melons, you'll want to throw them out depending where they were bought. Most people are able to fully recover in 4 to 7 days.

It's likely more cases will turn up, the CDC said. Other recalls may be coming as the U.S. Drug and Food Administration learns more. Whole melons are not included. Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to severe illness.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming pre-cut melon.

Salmonella: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation's leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.

Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection that can be contracted through exposure to undercooked animal-based foods, such as poultry and eggs, and contact with feces from an infected animal or person.

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