August 21, 2012

Missouri Notified of 12 Cases of Salmonella Typhimurium

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that twelve confirmed cases of Salmonella Typhimurium in Missouri match the strain associated with the multi-state Salmonella outbreak. The CDC also reports that cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana is the likely source of this outbreak.

As part of the ongoing investigation and interview process with the individuals in Missouri who became ill, at least three individuals have reported eating cantaloupe prior to the onset of illness. This investigation and interview process is ongoing.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is working closely with local health agencies and the CDC to track and report any additional illnesses in the state.

The CDC advises consumers who recently purchased cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana not to eat them and to discard any remaining cantaloupe. Many cantaloupes have the growing area identified with a sticker on the fruit. If no sticker is present, consumers should inquire about the source.