Cut melons linked to salmonella outbreak in Michigan, Indiana

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Cut melons linked to salmonella outbreak in Michigan, Indiana

The Centers for Disease Control is tracking a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to pre-cut melon that has already sickened 60 people, including 10 in Missouri.

The people who took ill came from IL (6), IN (11), MI (32), Missouri (10), and OH (1), the agency said.

It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon. 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.

For now the agency is recommending that Missourians discard melon and fruit salads that contain it if it came from Walmart or if they don't remember where it came from.

Most people who have been infected with salmonella Adelaide bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest, health officials said.

The people who got sick reported getting chicks and ducklings from places such as feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries and from relatives, the CDC said in a news release.

"The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people not to eat pre-cut melon purchased from any Walmart store in Illinois, or any of the other affected states, at this time", said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.

The Star left a message with Walmart Friday and is awaiting a response. Both chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed fruit associated with the outbreak from their shelves.

The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. Individuals who believe they may have become ill with Salmonella should contact their health care provider.

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