Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Indiana Cantaloupe; Another Cantaloupe Recall Coming Soon

Cantaloupes on Stone

Two people have died and at least 150 people have fallen ill in a multistate outbreak of salmonella linked to cantaloupe. The salmonella was traced to a farm in southwest Indiana, but health officials have declined to name the farm. The second cantaloupe recall of 2012 will be coming soon.

Two people in Kentucky have died and another fifty have fallen ill. In Indiana, fourteen people are ill; in Tennessee, six; and in Ohio, three. The exact number of people sickened by this strain of salmonella in other states is uncertain.

Illnesses began in early July. Salmonella can take twelve hours to three days after ingestion to make a person sick. Most people will recover without medical intervention. The very old, very young, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have difficulty recovering.

An earlier cantaloupe recall this year involved listeria contaminated cantaloupes from North Carolina.

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