As of August 20, 2012, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states consumers need to be wary of cantaloupe from southwest Indiana identified as a source of an outbreak of salmonella poisoning.
This recent outbreak has been blamed for sickening 200 people in 21 states, 17 cases were reported in Illinois. 62 of those cases were hospitalized and two people have died. The Chamberlain Farm, which is 20 miles east of Evansville, has been identified as the source of the contaminated cantaloupe. The farm owners are awaiting a report from health officials so that they can fix the problems.
Salmonella symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. While most people can recover without treatment, those people with compromised immune systems, infants and the elderly are more susceptible to the bacteria. Health officials are advising that people who have gotten sick after eating cantaloupe should see a doctor.
When salmonella poisoning strikes, it may not leave a person sick for just one night. If you or a loved one knows someone who has been made severally ill from contaminated food, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 for professional legal representation.
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