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Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon sold at Walmart, Kroger

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Melissa Porter | 09 June, 2018, 05:13

Walmart and Kroger have removed the cut melon products from their stores and area cooperating with a Centers for Disease Control investigation.

Of the 60 people reported sick, 31 have been hospitalized due to illness associated with the infection. Other states also have reported illnesses - including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and OH - with 28 sickened outside of MI. All of them reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with one or both of them. The CDC has also issued a warning about a salmonella risk from pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C and Payless stories in IN and MI. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 60 cases of salmonellosis from five states, including OH have been linked to pre-cut melon sold at Kroger and Walmart.

The Star left a message with Walmart Friday and is awaiting a response.

The outbreak is believed linked to pre-cut melons, including fruit salad mixes with melon, sold at Walmart and Kroger stores. Illnesses starts on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28. The CDC said people can contract the virus from touching live poultry or their environment, even if the birds appear to be healthy and clean. CDC's advice to consumers may expand to include other stores where contaminated pre-cut melon was sold. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.

This investigation is expanding rapidly.