Six people are sick in IL, 11 in IN, 32 in MI, 10 in Missouri and one in Ohio. IDPH said the CDC has notified the state agency that this outbreak has included more hospitalizations than usual.
The CDC says it's linked back to pre-chopped melons sold at Walmart stores and said the fruit salad at Walmart stores should also be tossed.
Walmart and Kroger are cooperating with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with the outbreak. Caito Foods recalled fresh-cut watermelons, honeydews, melons, cantaloupes and fresh-cut fruit medleys on Friday.
The affected products were in clear plastic containers and distributed to stores including Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Walgreens and Trader Joe's.
Do not eat recalled products.
Consumers with the recalled products are advised to throw them away or return them to the store for a refund. The CDC advises individuals who are unsure where they purchased a pre-cut melon product to discard it. Cases have been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and OH in patients ranging from 23 to 87 years old.
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.
Most people recover from a salmonella infection without treatment.
The CDC estimates that salmonella infections - the vast majority of them from food - cause about 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths every year in the United States. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.
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