ILLINOIS (WREX) - Cantaloupes get the blame for a Salmonella outbreak that infected 17 people in Illinois.
A total of 141 people contracted the condition, across 20 different states. Health investigators tracked the outbreak back to a cantaloupe farm in southwestern Indiana. The CDC has an active mission right now to identify every source of contamination and prevent anyone else from getting sick.
Most cantaloupes should have a sticker that shows where they were grown. If there is no sticker, you can call the store where you bought the fruit. "Illinois consumers should check for and ask about the origin of recently purchased cantaloupe, and discard any cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana," said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. "Anyone who becomes ill after eating cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana should seek medical attention immediately."
For more information on Salmonella and updates on the current investigation, click here.