Outbreaks in 36 States Linked to Backyard Poultry

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Walmart and Kroger are cooperating with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak.

WREX is reporting, "The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people to not eat pre-cut melon from any Walmart store in Illinois".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 60 cases from five states, one of them being IL.


The outbreak has been connected to pre-cut melon purchased at any Illinois Walmart. Pre-cut melon purchased at Kroger, Jay C or Payless stores in IN or MI should also be thrown away.

Walmart stores in IL have removed the product linked to the outbreak from their shelves. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. Whole melon is still OK to eat, the CDC said.

While cut melons are the only ones linked to this outbreak, IDPH said people should remember some safety measures for consuming melons bought whole as well. People between the ages of 23 and 87 across the state were reported ill. Signs of illness typically occur within 12 to 72 hours and last for four to seven days.


"This investigation is moving rapidly". In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

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 has indicated there have been more hospitalizations with this outbreak than what is typically seen.


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