Massive salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chicken flocks

Massive salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chicken flocks

CDC: Pre-cut melon linked to salmonella reports in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio

The company has since issued a recall notice in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and OH - removing clear plastic containers of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and mixed melons from the shelves.

Other states included in this outbreak include Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. All of them reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with one or both of them.

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.

IDPH is urging everyone not to eat the pre-cut melons purchased from any Walmart store in IL, or in any other affected states.

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

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. "If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider".

The CDC says this particular salmonella outbreak could mean more hospitalized people than usual.

The pre-cut melons have been removed from Walmart store shelves in IL.

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 elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk for serious illness.

This investigation is expanding rapidly.

Health officials say only pre-cut melons have been linked at this time and recommend consumers buy whole melons.

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