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204 now sick from salmonella outbreak in cantaloupes

U.S. health officials say the number of people sickened with the strain of salmonella linked to cantaloupe from an Indiana farm has grown to 204 in 22 states. 

At least 78 people have been hospitalized as a result of the infection caused by salmonella Typhimurium, and two deaths have been reported in Kentucky. Here's a list of the number of ill people identified by state, according to the Centers for Disease Control: 

Alabama (13), Arkansas (5), California (2), Florida (1), Georgia (4), Illinois (24), Indiana (22), Iowa (8), Kentucky (63), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (6), Minnesota (5), Mississippi (5), Missouri (13), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (5), Ohio (5), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (8), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (4).

Regulatory agencies and public health officials at the federal, local and state levels believe the illness outbreak to be linked to cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Ind. On Aug. 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farms. The melons had been shipped to Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin, according to available records. 

If you currently have cantaloupe at home, check to make sure it didn't come from Chamberlain Farms -- many melons have a sticker on them that lets you know where they were grown. No sticker? As the CDC advises, "When in doubt, throw it out." 

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