The cantaloupe recall thats been hitting the US hard this month has consumers concerned and businesses worried they may go bankrupt. Last year, over 30 people died due to contaminated cantaloupes and the company responsible filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. The FDA identified Chamberlain Farms as one of the sources of the 2012 outbreak today.
This year, over 178 illnesses have been reported to date, 2 of which have died as a cause of the salmonella outbreak. To help you stay informed of where the most illnesses have occurred, we have a map (courtesy of CDC.gov) which breaks down each case by state. As you can see, the highest number of reported illnesses have been in Kentucky (KY) with 56 reported cases and two deaths followed by Illinois (IL) with 21 cases, Indiana (IN) with 18 and Alabama (AL) with 13.
Here is your complete list of reported illnesses. Of the 178 cases in 21 states, 62 people have now been hospitalized.
A total of 178 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 21 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (13), Arkansas (3), California (2), Georgia (3), Illinois (21), Indiana (18), Iowa (7), Kentucky (56), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (6), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (5), Missouri (12), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (3), Ohio (4), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (4).
Here is the map with cases reported by state: