Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupe
Sunday, August 19th, 2012 -- 6:23 am
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director
-Two deaths and multiple cases of illness across 20 states have been linked to cantaloupes contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
State and federal health officials are advising consumers to discard all cantaloupes from southwestern Indiana, as tests have found evidence of the same strain of salmonella bacteria associated with a multi-state outbreak that health officials say is still ongoing.
The outbreak, which began in July, has been linked to two deaths and sickened at least 50 people in Kentucky.
According to the Food and Drug Administration's website, a total of 141 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from 20 states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
31 persons have been hospitalized.