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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupe Worsens

ATLANTA — The salmonella outbreak associated with melons from Chamberlain Farms continues to sicken consumers. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control raised the number of illnesses associated with the outbreak to 270 people in 26 states and also reported a total of three deaths in Kentucky caused by the outbreak. A hundred and one people have been hospitalized.

Two strains of salmonella — Tyhpimurium and Newport — have caused the illnesses, according to the agency. Cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farms is a “likely source” of the Newport infections, the agency said, and noted that its investigation suggests there’s also a connection between Chamberlain Farms’ and the Tyhpimurium-caused illnesses as well.

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Watermelon from Chamberlain Farms might also be involved in a separate outbreak. The CDC said the state Indiana also found a separate Salmonella Newport pattern on watermelon from Chamberlain Farms. Another 25 people are ill with that Salmonella Newport pattern, and state and federal officials are continuing to investigate whether the watermelons caused the illnesses.

In separate food safety related news, the Food and Drug Admistration announced it is not allowing mangos from Angricola Daniella, a Mexican supplier, into the country unless it can prove the mangoes are not contaminated with salmonella. The supplier has been put on “Import Alert” because Daniella brand mangoes have been linked to a Salmonella Braenderup outbreak that has caused 121 illnesses, according to the CDC.  

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