Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes

Aug 17, 2012

The Department for Public Health says cantaloupes tested in the state public health laboratory  in Kentucky carry the same strain of salmonella associated with a statewide outbreak that health officials say is continuing.  At least fifty people have been sickened by the salmonella, and health officials say it has been associated with two deaths.

Officials say a likely source of the outbreak is cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana that have been sold in stores in Kentucky.

No Kentucky grown cantaloupes have been associated with the outbreak.

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can be found in the intestines of animals. The Department for Public Health says salmonella infections are common, and generally result in diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.