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Tainted Cantaloupe Causing Illnesses

Aug 20, 2012

Tainted cantaloupe from Indiana is the suspected cause of salmonella cases around the country.

Sabrina  Miller of the Illinois Department of Public Health said 71 cases been identified in her state. Eight of those people have been hospitalized.

Miller said the investigation is still ongoing and the fruit is to be avoided.

"If you do have some of this cantaloupe from southwestern Indiana and you haven't eaten it yet, toss it," Miller said.

Most cantaloupes come with stickers showing where they were grown. Health authorities are advising to also toss those without a sticker.

More than 140 people around the country have become ill with salmonella believed to be related to the cantaloupe.  
Symptoms include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.    
At least two deaths are related to the outbreak.  Both happened in Kentucky.

Thanks to Illinois Public Radio