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1991 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Poona Linked to Cantaloupe

During June and July, 1991, more than 400 laboratory-confirmed Salmonella Poona infections occurred in 23 states and Canada(Ontario, Newfoundland,Quebec, Saskatchewan). Illness was associated with eating cut up cantaloupe in salad bars or fruit salads. At least 72 of the cases were in Canada. Salmonella was never isolated from cantaloupe as the produce had been consumed, or discarded, before the epidemiologic investigations began. Although industry sources identified the lower Rio Grande Valley, in Texas, as the probable source of the implicated cantaloupes, some cantaloupes may have come from Mexico.

  • Outbreak began:
  • May 1991
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Fruit, Cantaloupe, Fruit Salad, Salad Bars
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Salad Bars, Restaurants
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 400
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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