Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 60 People

Pre-cut melons are blamed for illness across several states
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2018 10:38 AM CDT
Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 60 People
In this file photo from the CDC, under a magnification of 5000X, a colorized scanning photomicrograph shows numbers of clustered Gram-negative Salmonella Typhimurium bacteria.   (AP Photo/CDC, Janice Haney Carr, File)

If there's pre-cut melon in your fridge, take care: A salmonella outbreak has been linked to such melons across several states, the CDC says. At least 60 are sick in all, including 32 in Michigan, 11 in Indiana, six in Illinois, and one in Missouri, reports CNN. The melon has also been sold in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia, at stores including Trader Joe's, Walmart, Whole Foods/Amazon, and Costco. People who got sick say they ate pre-cut watermelon or cantaloupe, or chopped melon in fruit salads.

So far thirty-one people have been hospitalized with the salmonella, an illness that typically strikes within 12 to 72 hours, lasts up to a week, and comes with diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. A separate salmonella outbreak from backyard chickens has sickened 124 people across 36 states, NBC News reports. (Read more salmonella stories.)

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