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Minnesota is nation's hot spot in deadly cantaloupe salmonella outbreak

Two Minnesotans have died from an outbreak linked to tainted cantaloupe and fresh-cut fruit medleys

A nationwide foodborne salmonella outbreak that has killed two people in Minnesota has not faded away as hoped, with two additional infections linked to the tainted fruit reported this week.

Now totaling 15 infections in Minnesota, the growing tally suggests that risks persist, despite the identification of cantaloupe and fruit medleys responsible for the illnesses. The latest state total is one higher than Thursday's update from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. Either way, Minnesota has the most cases in an outbreak that has stretched to 117 illnesses in 34 states.

If the fruit responsible for salmonella poisoning has been recalled from store shelves and cafeterias, then newly confirmed cases suggest it might have cross-contaminated other products during bulk processing or distribution, said Carlota Medus, an epidemiologist in the Minnesota Department of Health's foodborne diseases unit.


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