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Throw away pre-cut melon, CDC warns in multistate salmonella outbreak

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

Six people are sick in IL, 11 in IN, 32 in MI, 10 in Missouri and one in Ohio. IN and MI residents are also advised to throw away melon from Kroger, Jay C, or Payless stores after the outbreaks, according to a CDC press release Friday.

Pre-cut melon sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, or Ohio.

If you have shopped at Walmart recently you might want to throw some things out. "The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons", the state said in a press release.

People who ate those pre-cut melon products began falling ill with the salmonella adelaide strain of the bacteria in late April, and hospitalization spiked two weeks later, with patients ranging from an infant to a 97-year-old. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

IL cases range in age from 23 to 87 years and officials say cases have been reported in all regions of the state.

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

Symptoms of a salmonella infection can appear within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed. Both chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed fruit associated with the outbreak from their shelves.

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