Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons

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Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons

The recalled products were distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

The CDC said the recalled products were sold in clear, plastic containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon.

Six cases have been reported in IL, ranging in the age from 23 to 87 years old.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is recommending that no one eat pre-cut melon bought at a Walmart store in the state, due to an outbreak of salmonella.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states.

The food-borne bacteria sickens more than 1 million people annually in the United States, most commonly presenting as temporary fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain. Several of those people have been hospitalized as a result.

Most people recover from a salmonella infection without treatment. Other recalls may be coming as the U.S. Drug and Food Administration learns more.

The people who became sick reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or mixed fruit salad that had melon in it. Pre-cut melons and fruit salads are seen as the likely source. Make sure to wash the melons before you start cutting.

MI is part of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.

In rare cases, salmonella infection can cause death when a person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.

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