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CDC: 141 Infected by Cantaloupe-Linked Salmonella

ATLANTA — A multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe grown in Indiana has sickened 141 people, hospitalized 31 and led to two deaths, according to a release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday night.

The Kentucky and Indiana health departments have contacted a cantaloupe grower in Southwestern Indiana that the agencies believe to be linked to the outbreak, CDC said. While the grower’s name has not been released, the CDC said that the farm has agreed to stop cantaloupe production for the season, has contacted distributers and is withdrawing its cantaloupe from the marketplace.

Related Article: Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Causes Two Deaths

CDC advised consumers to throw away cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana, and cautioned retailers and food service operators from selling or serving cantaloupes from that region.

This outbreak comes less than a year after cantaloupes from Jenson Farms, Colorado, were linked to a Listeria outbreak that caused 30 deaths and 146 illnesses in 28 states. CDC noted that there is no link between the two outbreaks. 

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