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Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Deadliest In A Decade

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With as many as 16 people reportedly dead from potentially contaminated Colorado cantaloupes, the ongoing, multi-state, Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has become the deadliest in over 10 years.

At last count, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths, which are being connected to the contaminated produce, said The Associated Press (AP). Another three deaths are under investigation by state and local officials, the AP added. The figures were released yesterday, said the AP, and included new confirmation on 5 additional deaths in Kansas (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (1), and Texas (2).

Just prior, said the AP, the CDC reported additional deaths in Colorado (2), New Mexico (4), Oklahoma (1), and Maryland (1). And, now, officials in New Mexico are investigating another death and in Kansas and Wyoming even more fatalities are under investigation. This current outbreak, tragically, is worse than the peanut Salmonella outbreak three years ago in which 9 people died, said the AP.

In all, illnesses and deaths have been reported in 18 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, the greatest concentrations in Colorado (15), New Mexico (10), Oklahoma (8), and Texas (14), noted the AP.

Listeia can take up to two months to present with symptoms after consumption of contaminated food. Although the tainted cantaloupe has been removed from stores, consumers could have the produce in their homes; with the long incubation periods, this means that reports of illnesses connected to this outbreak can continue to be reported for some time.

“That long incubation period is a real problem,” a CDC official told the AP. “People who ate a contaminated food two weeks ago or even a week ago could still be falling sick weeks later.”

The Listeria pathogen is considered even deadlier that the very dangerous Salmonella and E. coli pathogens, despite that the latter result in more illnesses each year, said the AP pointing to other deadly Listeria contamination outbreaks. In 1998 hot dogs, and possibly Bil Mar Foods—a Sara Lee Corp. subsidiary—deli meats led to 21 deaths. In 1985, 52 people died in an outbreak linked to soft Mexican-style cheese.

The outbreak appears to have originated with cantaloupe produced at Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado. The farm recalled 300,000 whole cantaloupes in mid-September and Listeria was found in cantaloupes secured from a Colorado grocery and from a victim’s home; matching Listeria strains were discovered on equipment and produce samples at Jensen Farms’ Granada, Colorado packing facility, said the AP. Contaminated cantaloupe might be labeled “Colorado Grown,” “Distributed by Frontera Produce,” `’” or “Sweet Rocky Fords”; however, not all involved produce was labeled with a sticker, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said the AP.

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