Cantaloupe Outbreak In US, 14 People Dead

According to the AP, as many as 14 people are dead due to the listeria food poisoning found on contaminated cantaloupe. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported following number of infected persons infected with outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes last week “California (1), Colorado (14), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Maryland (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (4), New Mexico (10), Oklahoma (8), Texas (9), Virginia (1), West Virginia (1), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (1)”.

FDA specifically warned people not to eat Rocky Ford Cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms during July 29 through September 10, 2011 which has been distributed to at least 17 states. Although most of the people who died due to this outbreak were elderly people above 60 years of age, it would be wise for all ages not to eat cantaloupe.

[Link to CDC ]

[Link to FDA Press Release]

[Listeria monocytogenes]

[AP news report]