Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Health officials link pre-cut melon to salmonella outbreak in MI

Health officials link pre-cut melon to salmonella outbreak in MI

There have been 60 people infected with the outbreak strain reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) says most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest.

- If you recently bought some pre-cut melons, you'll want to throw them out depending where they were bought. If you have eaten a contaminated pre-cut melon and experience diarrhea, fever and cramps go see a doctor immediately.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to identify the source of Salmonella and there may be recalls as more information is learned.

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

The people who took ill came from IL (6), IN (11), MI (32), Missouri (10), and OH (1), the agency said. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. Both chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed fruit associated with the outbreak from their shelves. Most people are able to fully recover in 4 to 7 days.

The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly.

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

In addition, consumers who do not remember what store their pre-cut melon was purchased from should also discard it without consuming it. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

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