Over the last weeks the CDC and FDA have reported that a total of 204 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 22 states linked to cantaloupe grown in Indiana. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (13), Arkansas (5), California (2), Florida (1), Georgia (4), Illinois (24), Indiana (22), Iowa (8), Kentucky (63), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (6), Minnesota (5), Mississippi (5), Missouri (13), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (5), Ohio (5), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (8), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (4). 78 ill persons have been hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported in Kentucky.
This week the CDC and FDA have reported that a total of 105 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup have been reported from 16 states since July 1, 2012 linked to mangoes grown in Mexico. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: California (80), Delaware (1), Hawaii (3), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Washington (6), and Wisconsin (1). 25 ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
The states with Salmonella illnesses caused by both cantaloupes and mangoes are in purple and are: Illinois (25), Wisconsin (5), New Jersey (3), Texas (4), California (82) and Michigan (7).
Not sure exactly what that means. Perhaps people in those states eat a lot of fruit? Perhaps people in those states are simply not very lucky? Or, perhaps the heath investigators in those states are just that good?