Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons — CDC

Phillip Cunningham
June 10, 2018

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting six cases of Salmonella that match a multi-state outbreak strain. If you have eaten a contaminated pre-cut melon and experience diarrhea, fever and cramps go see a doctor immediately.

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

On Thursday, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration informed The Kroger Co. that multiple illnesses have been reported in connection with the outbreak, and a third-party supplier is cooperating with the investigation.

Most people who have been infected with salmonella Adelaide bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest, health officials said. It only applies to pre-cut melon and fruit salad mixes containing melon.

"The investigation is ongoing to determine if products went to additional stores or states", the CDC wrote Friday. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Most people are able to fully recover in 4 to 7 days.


IDPH said the CDC has notified the state agency that this outbreak has included more hospitalizations than usual. Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to severe illness.

Those products have now been linked by officials to a rash of salmonella infections around the county.

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.

The people who became sick reported eating pre-cut cantaloupe, watermelon or mixed fruit salad that had melon in it.

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