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

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Most people who have been infected with this strain of salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. If you have eaten a contaminated pre-cut melon and experience diarrhea, fever and cramps go see a doctor immediately.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning OH residents to not eat pre-cut melon from Walmart after an investigation into 60 salmonella cases in five states.

Pre-cut melons have been removed from the shelves in both store chains, while whole melons do not appear to be affected.

A new salmonella outbreak is linked to pre-cut melons sold at Illinois Walmart stores. 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.

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The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly.

Elderly people, infants and anyone with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

People who reportedly fell ill, obtained their chicks and ducklings from several sources, including feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries and from relatives, the agency said.

The CDC says this particular salmonella outbreak could mean more hospitalized people than usual. Make sure to wash the melons before you start cutting. The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

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