Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

MI part of multistate outbreak of Salmonella

MI part of multistate outbreak of Salmonella

Last year, the CDC reported the largest number of salmonella illnesses linked to backyard flocks after the lifestyle trend emerged across the country.

"The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people not to eat pre-cut melon purchased from any Walmart store in Illinois, or any of the other affected states, at this time", said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.

This includes pre-cut melon in salad mixes.

Both stores have removed all cut melon associated with this outbreak, MI health officials say.

It's also important to remember food safety measures if you buy whole melons. The list of states and stores could expand depending on the investigation. No deaths have been reported from the bacterial infections, but 31 people have been hospitalized.

MI has reported 32 cases of illness, and IN has reported 11.

Most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest.

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If you're an OH resident and purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, or don't remember where you bought the pre-cut melon, throw it away.

Walmart and Kroger are cooperating with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak.

There have been 60 people infected with the outbreak strain reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI. 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.

"In interviews, 55 (74%) of 74 ill people with information available reported contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illness started", the CDC said.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps around 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria, health experts said.

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