Salmonella cases across Midwest linked to pre-chopped melons

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Janet Hill, COO of the Rock Island County Health Department, said the agency hasn't indicated whether any cases are from the Illinois Quad-Cities, but urged consumers to not eat pre-cut melon from area Walmarts.

According to Food Safety News, there are 32 cases reported in MI, 11 in IN, 10 in Missouri, six in IL and one in Ohio.

Health officials are linking a multi-state salmonella outbreak to pre-cut melons, including those in fruit salads.

Health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in five Midwestern states. People between the ages of 23 and 87 across the state were reported ill.

IDPH says as the investigation continues, additional grocery stores may be added as well.

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Salmonella can develop 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food and usually lasts four to seven days. Some people could end up with severe diarrhea that requires a hospital trip.

Elderly people, infants and anyone with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. IDPH said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to identify the exact source, and recalls may be issued once more information comes to light.

MI is part of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella.

This includes pre-cut melon in salad mixes. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses a year, with 450 of those resulting in death.