Tennessee health officials said that at least six salmonella cases in the state are from the same strain. No cantaloupes grown in Tennessee or Kentucky have been linked to the outbreak.
"Cantaloupes grown on one farm have tested positive for the same type of salmonella causing illnesses in Tennessee and several other states," according to the alert from the Tennessee departments of health and agriculture.
State and federal officials apparently identified at least one Indiana grower whose cantaloupe have tested positive for the specific strain of salmonella, but the grower has not been named.
“It is an ongoing investigation so we are not yet releasing the names of any growers,” said Beth Fisher, public information officer with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Officials are not sure if any of the implicated cantaloupes are still available for sale, Fisher said.
The salmonella outbreak began in early July. Fisher said investigators linked it to cantaloupes from southwestern Indiana by patient interviews, lab tests on patients and tests of cantaloupes matching the specific strain of salmonella affecting Kentucky residents.