Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon sold at Walmart, Kroger

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Whole melons are not included.

The FDA is working to identify a supplier of pre-cut melon to stores where ill people shopped. No deaths have been reported.

Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services have issued a warning about a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon. The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people not to eat any pre-cut melons or fruit salads purchased from any Walmart stores.

Of the 60 cases of reported salmonella infection, 31 have resulted in hospitalization. If you have recently purchased pre-cut melons from Walmart, throw it out. The list of states and stores could expand depending on the investigation.

"In interviews, 55 (74%) of 74 ill people with information available reported contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illness started", the CDC said.

Of the 124 cases, 21 people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported. Other states also have reported illnesses - including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and OH - with 28 sickened outside of MI. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

Elderly people, infants and anyone with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.

"This investigation is moving rapidly".

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