2 Salmonella Outbreaks Hit Missouri, Illinois

One is linked to pre-cut melons from Walmart, the other to backyard chickens.

June 08, 2018 - 5:27 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinoisans and Missourians are being affected by two different multi-state salmonella outbreaks.
One, affecting 60 people in five states, is linked to pre-cut melons from Walmart.

Dr. Nirav Shah, the Illinois Department of Public Health director, says salmonella can be pretty serious.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, and they can occur anywhere from 12 hours to three days after eating contaminated food, Shah says. 
The outbreak is tied to pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe from Walmart that's been packaged individually, or as part of fruit cups and salads.
The other, more widespread outbreak is linked to backyard chicken flocks.

Five people in Missouri and two in Illinois have so far been sickened in the 36-state outbreak, with 124 cases nationwide.

Dr. Connie Austin, the Illinois state veterinarian, says the best way to prevent salmonella is to thoroughly wash your hands after handling chickens or their supplies, like their bowls or cage.