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There's nothing inherently dangerous about melons but the CDC has recorded several recent outbreaks related to cantaloupes, a member of the melon family.

In 2012, 261 people were infected with Salmonella after eating cantaloupe grown on a farm in Indiana. Three of those people died. The year before, 147 people were sickened and 33 died, after eating cantaloupe contaminated with Listeria. Another 20 got Salmonella from this fruit.

"Consumers should be scrubbing the surface of their melons just like potato using a stiff brush and running water," says Klein. "It's like trying to scrub off an English muffin . . . [but] when you're cutting the melons you're not bringing stuff from the outside right down into the interior."

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