The salmonella outbreak of August 2012 that has sickened 141 people and killed 2 continues to become a huge concern for consumers. The Center for Disease Control has issued a press release informing individuals of the multi-state outbreak and offers a breakdown of illnesses and deaths in each.
For those of you curious to know which states are affected by the outbreak, we’ve compiled a breakdown so you can stay informed.
As of today, August 21, 2012, this is the breakdown of salmonella illnesses by state:
To see a map of the outbreak, check out the pic below:
The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (7), Arkansas (3), California (2), Georgia (1), Illinois (17), Indiana (13), Iowa (7), Kentucky (50), Michigan (6), Minnesota (3), Missouri (9), Mississippi (2), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (3), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (1), and Wisconsin (2).
Of the illnesses reported, 31 individuals have been hospitalized and 2 deaths have been reported in Kentucky.
The source of the outbreak is still unknown but a farm in southwestern Indiana has reached out to its distributors and is withdrawing its cantaloupes from the market. Furthermore, the farm has agreed to withdraw the distribution of their cantaloupes for the remainder of the growing season.
The CDC is urging consumers in any of the areas affected to dispose of any cantaloupe products in their homes.
We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.