Multi-state Salmonella outbreak connected to Walmart pre-cut melons

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Updated June 12, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

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UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Food and Drug Administration adds a ninth state to a growing outbreak of Salmonella linked to pre-cut melons. At least six cases have been reported in Illinois. Doctors say to avoid the risk buying whole fruit is the way to go.

"Really if you're buying your own fresh fruit the thing is how you're cutting it up. You always want to have a separate cutting board for your meat versus your fruits and your vegetables," said SwedishAmerican Clinical Dietitian Shirley Poole.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says all reported cases in the state came from pre-cut melons sold at Walmart. The store has since pulled all packaged fruit from its shelves. The FDA says at least 30 people were hospitalized with symptoms of Salmonella like diarrhea and vomiting. The FDA and CDC are working to locate the source of the bacteria.

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Posted June 8, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 60 cases of Salmonella in five states including Illinois.

The outbreak has been connected to pre-cut melon purchased at any Illinois Walmart.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says if you have any pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out. If you have eaten pre-cut melon and have diarrhea, fever and cramps, contact your health care provider.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is trying to identify the source of the Salmonella and may add stores or products to the recall list.

Salmonella can develop 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food and usually lasts four to seven days.

The outbreak includes Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.