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Cantaloupe Related Salmonella Outbreak Reaches Minnesota

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There is a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium that has not reached Minnesota, and it is believed that cantaloupes are the culprit.

Our partners at the Northland’s NewsCenter are reporting that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed three cases of salmonella illness after the patients ate cantaloupe that most likely came from southwestern Indiana.

Health officials are urging people not to consume cantaloupes from a farm in southwestern Indiana that recently initiated a voluntary market withdrawal of their cantaloupes after state officials notified the farm that their cantaloupes tested positive for salmonella.

Two of the cases identified in Minnesota were residents over 70 years of age and one was a child.  Two of the cases live in the Twin Cities metro area, and one in Greater Minnesota.

It is important to note that none of the patients required hospitalization and all have recovered.

The FDA is now involved in hopes of finding exactly where where the cantaloupes were distributed and which stores are still carrying the recalled cantaloupes.  If you begin feeling ill with symptoms like diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain, please notify your doctor.

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