Health officials link pre-cut melon to salmonella outbreak in MI

Henrietta Brewer
June 9, 2018

People are also asked to be careful when handling whole melons. IN and MI residents are also advised to throw away melon from Kroger, Jay C, or Payless stores after the outbreaks, according to a CDC press release Friday.

A multistate salmonella outbreak has been linked to cut melons, and most of the illnesses have been reported in MI and Indiana.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps around 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria, health experts said.

The outbreak is believed linked to pre-cut melons, including fruit salad mixes with melon, sold at Walmart and Kroger stores.

People are urged not to eat pre-cut melons purchased from any Walmart or Kroger store in OH, or in any other affected states. Walmart and Kroger are cooperating fully with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with this outbreak. Other states also have reported illnesses - including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and OH - with 28 sickened outside of MI.

The illnesses reported so far began on April 30 with the last instance reported May 28. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritisor Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation. If you have recently purchased pre-cut melons from Walmart, throw it out. Other grocery stores could be added to the list.

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