Salmonella-contaminated cantaloupe has made at least 178 people in 21 states sick.
Right now, it appears the contaminated cantaloupe came from a farm in southern Indiana and were distributed to stores in southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois, but was also was sold to wholesale purchasers in St. Louis; Owensboro, KY; Peru, IL and Durant, IA.
It’s unlikely there are any affected cantaloupe in West Michigan, but the FDA is encouraging people to wash them well and use clean knives and cutting boards to avoid cross-contamination.
More from the FDA is HERE.
From the FDA website:
Where was the cantaloupe distributed?
Records available currently indicate that the cantaloupe was initially shipped to Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin although further shipment was likely. The FDA urges consumers in any state who are buying or have recently bought cantaloupe to ask their retailers if the cantaloupe was grown on Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana.
What are the symptoms of salmonellosis?
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
However, in some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.