The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 60 cases of Salmonella in five states including IL.
Of the 60 people reported sick, 31 have been hospitalized due to illness associated with the infection.
There is only one reported case related to this outbreak in OH thus far.
Most of those infected with the salmonella strain bought pre-cut melons, including cantaloupe, watermelon, or a fruit salad mix with melon, at one of the stores, according to state officials. The CDC said it is working to identify a common supplier that might be the original source.
Health officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to the consumption of pre-cut melons purchased at grocery stores.
The Star left a message with Walmart Friday and is awaiting a response.
People are urged not to eat pre-cut melons purchased from any Walmart or Kroger store in OH, or in any other affected states. Walmart and Kroger are cooperating fully with the investigation and have removed all cut melon associated with this outbreak.
This includes pre-cut melon in salad mixes.
"In interviews, 55 (74%) of 74 ill people with information available reported contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illness started", the CDC said. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.
"This investigation is moving rapidly".