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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farms in Owensville led to two deaths, 78 hospitalizations and 204 infected people with salmonella. Now, watermelons from the same farm have also tested positive for the bacteria.
Indiana State Department of Health spokeswoman Pam Pontones says there are some differences in the cases.
“The strain of salmonella that was identified from the watermelon is different from the strain of salmonella that has caused the outbreak in cantaloupes,” she says.
Pontones says watermelons from the farm have already been taken off of the shelves, and there are no reported cases of salmonella from the current strain.
“The Indiana State Department of Health continues to collaborate with state, federal agencies, local agencies to make sure that we’ve investigate everything that we need to do to prevent any further cases of illness and identify any other sources,” Pontones says.
The FDA is also investigating Chamberlain Farms. The company could not be reached for comment.