Cut melons linked to salmonella outbreak in Midwest

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's now investigating 124 cases in 36 states of people becoming infected with the virus after "being linked to contact live poultry in backyard flocks".

Of the 60 cases of reported salmonella infection, 31 have resulted in hospitalization.

According to Food Safety News, there are 32 cases reported in MI, 11 in IN, 10 in Missouri, six in IL and one in Ohio. All of them reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with one or both of them.

Walmart stores in IL have removed pre-cut melons linked to this outbreak from their shelves.

Most of the 60 people who have been infected with the strain of salmonella purchased pre-cut melon from either a Walmart or Kroger store, according to a release. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.

The outbreak has been connected to pre-cut melon purchased at any Illinois Walmart.

The Star left a message with Walmart Friday and is awaiting a response.

It's also important to remember food safety measures if you buy whole melons.

It's not just Walmart pre-cut melon.

The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly. Illnesses starts on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. The elderly, infants, and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.

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