The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed that two elderly women who died of listerosis this month were infected with the same strain of listeria found in the recalled cantaloupes produced by Jensen Farms in Colorado. Including the Louisiana cases, the listeria outbreak in the United States that started in late July has claimed 23 lives. In addition, a pregnant woman infected with listeria in Iowa suffered a miscarriage.
The other states that have reported deaths related to the listeria outbreak include, Colorado (5), Indiana (1), Kansas (2), Maryland (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (5), New York (1), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (2) and Wyoming (1).
Consuming food contaminated with the deadly Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause listeriosis, a potentially fatal disease in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The symptoms of listeriosis include, fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.
The Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes supplied by Jensen Farms Inc of Holly, Colorado, have been blamed for the listeria outbreak. On September 14, Jensen Farms issued a voluntary recall of its Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes after being linked to a multistate outbreak of listeriosis.
The multistate outbreak of listeria associated with recalled cantaloupes from Jensen Farms is the deadliest outbreak of a food-borne disease that has been identified in more than a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC.
by RTT Staff Writer
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