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Recalled melon linked to 60 illnesses was distributed in NC, officials say

Recalled melon linked to 60 illnesses was distributed in NC, officials say

- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to contact with live poultry.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is recommending that no one eat pre-cut melon bought at a Walmart store in the state, due to an outbreak of salmonella.

Packages of fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and mixed fruit have been recalled in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

The affected products were in clear plastic containers and distributed to stores including Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Walgreens and Trader Joe's.

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The recall affected at least 10 large grocery chains, including Whole Foods, which is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, whose chief executive, Jeffrey P. Bezos, owns The Washington Post.

Those who bought the melon are advised to throw it away or return them to the stores where they were purchased for a refund.

Six cases reported in IL matched a multi-state outbreak strain, IDPH said. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. If you have recently purchased pre-cut melons from Walmart, throw it out. It said there are 60 cases between Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

According to the CDC, Salmonella infections most often cause mild to severe gastroenteritis and severe invasive infections, both which are potentially life-threatening. Several of those people have been hospitalized as a result. In rare cases, an infection can lead to death unless a patient receives prompt treatment with antibiotics. It does not apply to whole melons.