An investigation is underway regarding a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium that is being linked to cantaloupe.
According to the (Centers for Disease Control) CDC website, investigation efforts indicate that cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana is a likely source of this outbreak. As a result of the initial investigations by the state health departments in Indiana and Kentucky, a farm in southwestern Indiana has contacted its distributors, which reach outside Indiana into other states, and is withdrawing its cantaloupe from the marketplace.
A total of 141 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 20 states. Two deaths have been reported in Kentucky.
The CDC is working with public health officials in several states and FDA to investigate the foodborne illness outbreak.