We filed the first lawsuit last week in the outbreak that so far has sickened a total of 178 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium reported from 21 states.

082312-map.jpgThe 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).

62 ill persons have been hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported in Kentucky.

217985_425484747497888_1938127440_n.jpgCollaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicate that cantaloupe originating from Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Indiana is a likely source of this outbreak.

On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of cantaloupes originating from Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc.