MI part of multistate outbreak of Salmonella

Massive salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chicken flocks

Massive salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chicken flocks

There have been 60 people infected with the outbreak strain reported in five states, including 32 cases in MI.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's now investigating 124 cases in 36 states of people becoming infected with the virus after "being linked to contact live poultry in backyard flocks".

Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services have issued a warning about a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon.

The CDC is not recommending that people avoid whole melons.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says if you have any pre-cut melon from Walmart, throw it out. Both chains are cooperating with the investigation and have removed fruit associated with the outbreak from their shelves. The list of states and stores could expand depending on the investigation.

Of the 60 people reported sick, 31 have been hospitalized due to illness associated with the infection.

Other states included in this outbreak include Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. Illnesses starts on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28. Most people affected by salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and recover without treatment.

Individuals who believe they might have gotten salmonella should contact their health care provider.

Last year, the CDC reported the largest number of salmonella illnesses linked to backyard flocks after the lifestyle trend emerged across the country.

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