(KMOV.com) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is alerting the public to an outbreak of salmonella linked to cantaloupes grown on one farm in southwestern Indiana. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collaborating in an ongoing multi-state investigation to identify all possible sources of contamination and prevent additional cases of illness.
A total of 141 people in 20 states have been infected with Salmonella, associated with this outbreak, with illness onset dates ranging from July 7, 2012 to August 4, 2012. Among the 17 reported Illinois cases-representing 11 counties-eight people have been hospitalized.
CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are continuing to investigate, and as a result of the initial investigations, cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana is a likely source of this outbreak.
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.
Many cantaloupes have the growing area identified with a sticker on the fruit-if the sticker indicates the cantaloupe was grown in southwestern Indiana, discard it immediately. If no sticker is present, consumers should contact the store where they purchased cantaloupe to ask about its origin.