Salmonella illnesses linked to pre-cut melons made at Indianapolis facility


"If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out".

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

The CDC says the outbreak is linked to pre-cut melon.

The CDC said that retailers should not serve or sell pre-cut melon products that were distributed by SpartanNash Distribution, Caito Foods Distribution and Gordon Food Service.

People who reportedly fell ill, obtained their chicks and ducklings from several sources, including feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries and from relatives, the agency said.

No deaths have been reported but 32 of the 60 cases of people falling ill have happened in MI.

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 are also asked to be careful when handling whole melons. If you have recently purchased pre-cut melons from Walmart, throw it out. If you have eaten pre-cut melon and have diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider.

Officials say the IL salmonella cases linked to pre-cut melon affected people ages 23 to 87. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

The investigation into the outbreak is expanding rapidly.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Salmonella infections most often cause mild to severe gastroenteritis and severe invasive infections, both which are potentially life-threatening.