Ky. warns against eating Indiana melons

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Department of Public Health is warning people not to eat cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana after tests found the fruit carried the same strain of salmonella that has killed two and sickened more than 50.

The department said Friday the outbreak began in early July and is ongoing.

Officials say the cantaloupes were grown in southwestern Indiana and distributed to stores in Kentucky.

Salmonella infections result in diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and the illness usually lasts four to seven days. The department says most people recover without treatment but severe infections can occur in infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

Officials say they are also investigating other clusters of salmonella cases in Kentucky that may be linked to cantaloupe or watermelon consumption.
 

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