Salmonella outbreak in Illinois, Missouri, other states linked to pre-cut melons

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Janet Hill, COO of the Rock Island County Health Department, said the agency hasn't indicated whether any cases are from the Illinois Quad-Cities, but urged consumers to not eat pre-cut melon from area Walmarts.

The recall affected at least 10 large grocery chains, including Whole Foods, which is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, whose chief executive, Jeffrey P. Bezos, owns The Washington Post. So far, 60 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI.

The melon was also sold in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection can appear within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed.

People who ate those pre-cut melon products began falling ill with the salmonella adelaide strain of the bacteria in late April, and hospitalization spiked two weeks later, with patients ranging from an infant to a 97-year-old.

IDPH is urging people not to eat pre-cut melon purchased from any Walmart store in IL, or any of the other affected states, at this time.

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It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon.

A new salmonella outbreak is linked to pre-cut melons sold at Illinois Walmart stores.

The CDC says the outbreak is linked to pre-cut melon.

If you have purchased any fruit that may have been connected with the recall, the CDC is asking that you throw it away immediately. 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. All of them reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with one or both of them.

Most people recover from a salmonella infection without treatment. Twenty-one people have been hospitalized.

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