MI part of multistate outbreak of Salmonella

Desiree Burns
June 9, 2018

MI is part of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella.

There have been 60 people infected with the outbreak strain reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI. The CDC indicated that pre-cut melons, including fruit salads, are a likely source of this multistate outbreak.

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. All of them reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with one or both of them. Walmart and Kroger removed all pre-cut melon from the states where cases occurred. The CDC said people can contract the virus from touching live poultry or their environment, even if the birds appear to be healthy and clean. Make sure to wash the melons and any utensils before you start cutting. Several of those people have been hospitalized as a result. No deaths have been confirmed to date. The list of states and stores could expand depending on the investigation. Other states that have reported illnesses as part of this outbreak include IL (6 cases), IN (11 cases), Missouri (10 cases), and OH (1 case).

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Illnesses were reported from April 30 to May 28, and the people affected range in age from younger than 1 year old to 97 years old. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

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/.

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