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Cut melon from Walmart, Kroger linked to Salmonella outbreak in Michigan

Out of 60 total reported cases of Salmonella linked to the cut melon, 32 of them were in Michigan.
Credit: USDA

Several agencies including the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the FDA are warning consumers about buying pre-cut melon from Walmart and Kroger stores.

They have linked the melon to people who have been infected with Salmonella. So far, 60 people have been infected with the outbreak strain, and 32 of those cases were in Michigan.

Consumers who have bought pre-cut melon from Walmart of Kroger should throw it away. Both store chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak.

The CDC says that whole melons are okay. But the FDA advises against eating: fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut fruit medley products.

Other states that reported the illnesses include six cases in Illinois, 11 cases in Indiana, 10 cases in Missouri and one case in Ohio.

In total, 31 people were hospitalized due to the infection.

The illnesses were first reported on April 30, and the last documented case was on May 28.

People infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and cramps within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria, and the illness usually lasts four to seven days.

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