Tainted Cantaloupe Linked to Indiana Farm
DES MOINES, Iowa - An outbreak of salmonella in cantaloupe has been linked to a farm in Indiana.
More than 140 people in 20 states have become sick, including seven people in Iowa.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says the best thing to do to prevent sickness is to thoroughly wash the cantaloupe before you cut it.
"If you cut the melon, what will happen is the knife will actually drag any bacteria that has been on the surface into the inside. And then as you might imagine the nice, moist, sugary inside perfect for growing and if you eat that you can get your self sick," she said.
Health experts also recommend quickly refrigerating any leftover cantaloupe to keep potential bacteria from growing.
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