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Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio Report Salmonella Cases Linked to Cantaloupe

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio Report Salmonella Cases Linked to Cantaloupe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been 60 cases reported in five states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

On Thursday, Walmart, Kroger, Jay C and Payless stores in the affected states removed pre-cut melon products linked to the outbreak, the CDC said in announcing the outbreak.

The departments are urging anyone who purchased pre-cut melon at either Walmart or Kroger to throw it away. If you have eaten pre-cut melon and have diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider. Other recalls may be coming as the U.S. Drug and Food Administration learns more. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

Currently, the outbreak is limited to five states in the Midwest, with 32 of the 60 cases in MI.

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 is not recommending that people avoid whole melons.

The individuals who became ill said they ate pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or a fruit salad mix that contained melon. Therefore, it is recommended that people not eat pre-cut melon from Walmart stores anywhere in IL.

Most people recover from a salmonella infection without treatment. Other grocery stores could be added to the list. The CDC has indicated there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than what is typically seen. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness.

Health officials say it's important to remember food safety measures, including washing the fruit before cutting, wash hands and utensils, and don't let fruits and vegetables come in contact with raw meat.

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