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CDC: 'Throw away' pre-cut melons after salmonella outbreak

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A multi-state Salmonella outbreak has been linked to pre-cut melons sold at Missouri and Illinois Walmart stores, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). 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).

"If you don't remember where you bought pre-cut melon, don't eat it and throw it away", the CDC said in a statement.

A multistate salmonella outbreak has been linked to cut melons, and most of the illnesses have been reported in MI and Indiana. If you have eaten a contaminated pre-cut melon and experience diarrhea, fever and cramps go see a doctor immediately.

Pre-cut melon sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, or Ohio. If you have recently purchased pre-cut melons from Walmart, throw it out.

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.

Walmart and Kroger have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now trying to find the supplier to affected stores. Most people are able to fully recover in 4 to 7 days.

People are also asked to be careful when handling whole melons.

Dozens of people are sick across the Midwest due to a salmonella outbreak in certain pre-chopped melons. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness.

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