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Published on Aug 23, 2012 by Edgar Snyder

Salmonella Food Poisoning Outbreak in 20 States Linked to Contaminated Cantaloupe

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According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), two deaths, over 75 hospitalizations, and more than 200 cases of food poisoning have been linked to cantaloupes contaminated with Salmonella. So far, more than 20 states, including Pennsylvania, have reported patients infected with Salmonella Typhimurium since the outbreak began in July.

Officials found evidence of the strain of Salmonella responsible for the ongoing multi-state food poisoning outbreak at Chamberlain Farms of Indiana. The farm has agreed to stop distributing cantaloupes for the rest of the growing season.

The FDA has instructed grocery stores to throw away any cantaloupes that were received from Indiana. Consumers should not try to wash the harmful Salmonella bacteria off the cantaloupes or cut through the outer surface because the contamination could be on both the inside and the outside of the fruit.

Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning typically appear 12 to 72 hours after infection and include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain.

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Source: "Cantaloupes linked to deadly multi-state salmonella outbreak." CNN. August 17, 2012.
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