Outbreaks in 36 States Linked to Backyard Poultry

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Multistate salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon, includes Ohio

On Thursday, Walmart and Kroger removed pre-cut melon linked to this outbreak from all the stores in the affected states, the CDC reported. Cases have been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and OH in patients ranging from 23 to 87 years old.

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

Salmonella symptoms tend to include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after someone eats the contaminated food.

Walmart stores in IL have removed the product linked to the outbreak from their shelves. "If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out", Shah said.

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In Illinois, cases are happening in people between the ages of 23 and 87 across the state.

Dozens of people are sick across the Midwest due to a salmonella outbreak in certain pre-chopped melons. However, for some, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is necessary. A CDC investigation indicates pre-cut melons, including fruit salads, are a likely source of the outbreak. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. The CDC said that 60 people have reportedly been infected with a strain of Salmonella Adelaide, with 31 people hospitalized. 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.

The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly.

Salmonellosis is caused by the salmonella bacteria.

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