Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon

This includes pre-cut melon in salad mixes.

The FDA is trying to identify the supplier to the stores where ill people shopped, according to the release.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) says most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest.

If you bought pre-cut melon at a Walmart in Missouri, throw it away. Now.

People who reportedly fell ill, obtained their chicks and ducklings from several sources, including feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries and from relatives, the agency said.

The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly. Both chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed fruit associated with the outbreak from their shelves. The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons.

The illnesses reported so far began on April 30 with the last instance reported May 28.

Of the 124 cases, 21 people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported. Most people affected by salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and recover without treatment. Other states also have reported illnesses - including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and OH - with 28 sickened outside of MI. In rare cases, salmonella infection can cause death when a person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.