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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD/AP) - State health officials and local health departments in Michigan are working with their counterparts in 19 other states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the investigation of a salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe.
The Michigan Department of Community Health says Wednesday in a release that three children and three adults in the state became ill last month. At least one was hospitalized.
An Indiana farm recalled its cantaloupe amid the outbreak that's killed at least two people and sickened at least 140 others. Findings show cantaloupe grown on the farm is the likely source.
Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to bacterial infections from salmonella. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramping.
24 Hour News 8 has learned four of the six people sickened from salmonella poisoning from the cantaloupes are in West Michigan and are recovering --
-- Two adolescents in Calhoun County, a County health official told 24 Hour News 8
-- One woman in Kalamazoo County who became ill July 15, a County health official told 24 Hour News 8
-- One person in Branch County
Health officials encourage consumers to check any cantaloupes in their homes. They say to check the sticker. If the cantaloupe is from Indiana or it doesn't have a sticker, throw it away just to be safe.
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