Reading Salmonella outbreak traced to fruit

The Salmonella outbreak which struck the Reading Summer Festival Days the weekend of July 31 was part of an eight-state outbreak from contaminated berries or melons, according to health officer Steve Todd of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Counties Community Health Agency (CHA).

cantaloupe.salmonellaTodd said the outbreak now has 12 lab-confirmed cases of the foodborne intestinal disease including “several additional secondary cases that appear to be either family members or otherwise related to a person that was ill.”

Interviews with those who have had contact with people infected during the event continues “to prevent an outbreak from getting into food service establishments, daycares, or healthcare settings,” Todd said.