Officials: Tennessee Salmonella outbreak caused by cantaloupes

Officials: Tennessee Salmonella outbreak caused by cantaloupes

August 17th, 2012 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Cantaloupes

Cantaloupes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An outbreak of Salmonella in Tennessee has been linked to cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana, the state departments of health and agriculture said today.

Six cases of Salmonella have been identified in Tennessee due to the outbreak. Three patients were hospitalized.

"Tennesseans should ask about the origin of recently purchased cantaloupes and discard any cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana," said Deputy State Epidemiologist John Dunn, DVM, PhD. "We encourage anyone who has become ill after eating cantaloupe to see their health care provider..."

Consumers can contact the store where they purchased cantaloupe to ask about the origin of the fruit, officials said. Many cantaloupes have the growing area identified with a sticker on the fruit.

No cantaloupes grown in Tennessee have been confirmed to be involved in the outbreak, according to a news release.


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