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Salmonella outbreak linked to Indiana-grown cantaloupes

Cantaloupe is seen in this undated file photo.

August 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Health officials in Indiana and Kentucky say they are investigating farms, distributors and retailers after an outbreak of salmonella linked to cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana.

Indiana residents were advised on Friday to discard all cantaloupes purchased since July 7. The Kentucky Department of Public Health warned people not to eat the fruit, saying tests found they carried the same strain of salmonella that has killed two and sickened more than 50 in Kentucky.

The outbreak has also sickened at least 141 people nationwide.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says 31 have been hospitalized in this outbreak that has hit 20 states, which include Alabama (7), Arkansas (3), California (2), Georgia (1), Illinois (17), Indiana (13), Iowa (7), Kentucky (50), Michigan (6), Minnesota (3), Missouri (9), Mississippi (2), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (3), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (1), and Wisconsin (2).

More information about the salmonella outbreak can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, www.cdc.gov/salmonella.

Salmonella infections result in diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but severe infections can occur in infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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