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Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Pre-Cut Melon In Midwest

More than 30 people in Michigan have been infected

June 08, 2018 - 5:25 pm
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(WWJ) -- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA are warning people to stay away from pre-cut melons after a Salmonella outbreak across several states, including Michigan.

To date, 60 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported in five Midwestern states, 32 of which have come in Michigan. There have been 11 reported cases in Indiana, 10 in Missouri, six in Illinois and one in Ohio.

Of the 60 reported cases, 31 have led to hospitalization, but no deaths have been confirmed. Illnesses started on dates ranging from April 30, 2018 to May 28, 2018, and cases range in age from less than 1 to 97 years old.

Most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest. Consumers who have purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart or Kroger, including fruit salad mixes with melon, are urged not to eat it and throw it away. Walmart and Kroger are cooperating fully with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with this outbreak. The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons.

Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. The elderly, infants, and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Individuals who believe they may have become ill with Salmonella should contact their health care provider.

This investigation is expanding rapidly. The FDA is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores where ill people shopped. CDC’s advice to consumers may expand to include other stores where contaminated pre-cut melon was sold. Updates on this national outbreak investigation will be posted as they become available on the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/salmonella/outbreaks-active.html

More information and steps to take to reduce the risk of infection can be found on the CDC Salmonella website at www.cdc.gov/salmonella/.