CDC: Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons

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Massive salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chicken flocks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 60 cases of Salmonella in five states including IL.

IN has had 11 sickened, while Missouri has had 10, OH has had one case and IL six. So far, the CDC reports the outbreak has affected five Midwestern states.60 people have been infected and 30 people were hospitalized. The CDC says the fruit was also distributed to stores in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina. They were distributed to Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whole Foods/Amazon.

Only pre-cut melon is affected by the recall.

Those who bought the melon are advised to throw it away or return them to the stores where they were purchased for a refund.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection can appear within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed.

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The departments are urging anyone who purchased pre-cut melon at either Walmart or Kroger to throw it away.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming pre-cut melon. IDPH said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to identify the exact source, and recalls may be issued once more information comes to light.

Last year, the CDC reported the largest number of salmonella illnesses linked to backyard flocks after the lifestyle trend emerged across the country. For some people, though, the diarrhea that accompanies the illness may be severe and require hospitalization.

The CDC said the pre-cut melon was supplied by Caito Foods in Indianapolis. Most often, however, people recover from a salmonella infection without medical attention.

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