Illinois public health officials warned Friday about an outbreak of salmonella traced to pre-cut melon sold at Walmart.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 60 cases from five states, including Illinois. Those who've gotten sick range in age from 23 to 87 years old, and have been reported in all regions of the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said in a statement.
IDPH recommends people not eat pre-cut melon from Walmart stores anywhere in Illinois. As the investigation continues, additional grocery stores may be added.
“Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people not to eat pre-cut melon purchased from any Walmart store in Illinois, or any of the other affected states, at this time,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah. “If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out. If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider.”
The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
Walmart stores in Illinois have removed pre-cut melons linked to this outbreak from their shelves.
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