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State: Cut melons from Kroger, Walmart linked to Salmonella outbreak

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State officials are urging consumers to throw away any potentially contaminated food after cut melon was linked to a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and local health departments are working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the recent outbreak.

"Most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest. Consumers who have purchased pre-cut melon from Walmart or Kroger, including fruit salad mixes with melon, are urged not to eat it and throw it away. Walmart and Kroger are cooperating fully with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with this outbreak. The CDC is not recommending people avoid whole melons," the state said in a press release.

So far, 60 people have been infected with the outbreak strain. Thirty-two of those cases were in Michigan.

No deaths have been confirmed to date, but 31 percent of the people infected had to be hospitalized.

The illnesses started on April 30 and ranged through May 28. The people impacted were ages 1 to 97-years-old.

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

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