The death toll from the cantaloupes with listeria continues to rise in the US. The current total is at 16 with 72 ill to date.
Listeria deaths from Cantaloupes continue to rise
United States health official expect this number to climb in the coming weeks. The deadly cantaloupes were traced back to Jensen Farms in Colorado.
The company is working with the State of Colorado and the FDA to inform the public of this recall. L. monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a mild illness or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness. People who have the greatest risk of experiencing listeriosis after consuming foods contaminated with L. monocytogenes are fetuses and neonates who are infected after the mother is exposed to L. monocytogenes during pregnancy, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.
Listeria can be more deadly than pathogens like salmonella and E. coli. Symptoms may include fever and muscle aches, often with other gastrointestinal symptoms.
If you are unsure of what cantaloupes you have please throw them away. It would not be worth eating if you are unsure of where the cantaloupes came from.
The deaths from listeria haven risen to 8 and those infected in 14 different states continues to climb according to the CDC.
Cantaloupes are at the cause of the Listeria outbreak
Listeria infections can stay in the gut for up to two months before causing symptoms, CDC says, so not everyone may know that they’ve been infected yet.
It’s rare to have listeria from cantaloupes or any fruit, it’s usually from cold cuts.
As we blogged early, the cantaloupes came from Jensen Farms in Colorado. You may read their statement on the listeria outbreak here.
If you have not yet heard, be careful eating cantaloupes. There have been 4 related deaths due to listeria linked from Cantaloupes.
Cantaloupes and Listeria Outbreak
These cantaloupes linked are from Jensen Farms located in Colorado. According to the CDC 35 people from 10 different states have been infected since August 4.
The cantaloupes were shipped between July 29 and September 10 to at least 17 states, the FDA said in a statement. The FDA has advised consumers not to eat the recalled cantaloupes and to throw them away.
If you experience flu like symptoms after having eaten cantaloupe please visit your doctor or ER. It can be dangerous for those over 60, pregnant or with compromised immune systems.