Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak in 20 States

Dr. Richard Besser on how to reduce your risk of getting sick by contaminated fruit.
3:00 | 08/20/12

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Now to the deadly salmonella outbreak caused by contaminated cantaloupes. Almost 150 people across 20 states and resulted in 2 deaths. Our abc's dr. Richard besser is here to tell us all about it. This outbreak originated in southwestern indiana. That's right. It seems like it's far too regularly. This is the third outbreak related to cantaloupe. These are grown on the ground. They can get contaminated from animal droppings or poorly composted manure. We have cantaloupe or honeydew. The rough skin here, it allows dirt and bacteria to hide in there. Because of that, we have the knife in the cantaloupe, kit transfer because of the knife? That's right. You have to be careful how you handle a cantaloupe. When row get it home, scrub it with a produce brush. Get the dirt out of there. This outbreak is cantaloupe from southwestern indiana. This label says it's from california. If it says it's from indiana i wouldn't get it right now. If it doesn't say, ask your produce person. If in doubt, throw it out. When you cut into that, you want to make sure it goes right in the refrigerator. If you're buying already cut up fruit, make sure it's on ice when you're buying it. I never knew you could look and see what state the produce is from. What are the symptoms of salmonella? Young people, elderly, people with immune problems have to watch. Diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps. If you're in that risk group, you want to be seen. Now to diana nyad. Her swim to florida would make

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