Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Salmonella outbreak linked to cut melon at Walmart, Kroger

Salmonella outbreak linked to cut melon at Walmart, Kroger

There have been 60 people infected with the outbreak strain reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting six cases of Salmonella that match a multi-state outbreak strain.

MI is part of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella. Walmart and Kroger are cooperating fully with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with this outbreak.

The CDC said on Friday that 124 people have been sickened in 36 states after contact with live poultry, such as chicks and ducklings in backyard flocks.

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The salmonella cases in IN and MI were traced to melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C and Payless grocers. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.

North Carolina has had the most reported cases with 17, followed by Louisiana with 8 and 7 in Michigan, Minnesota and Oklahoma.

The illnesses reported so far began on April 30 with the last instance reported May 28. If you have eaten pre-cut melon and have diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider. They said it could be because there's a lot of bacteria in the fruit or because more people of an older age were impacted.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection can appear within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed. It only applies to pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon. In rare cases, an infection can lead to death unless a patient receives prompt treatment with antibiotics. The list of states and stores could expand depending on the investigation.

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