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Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Federal officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that certain Colorado-grown cantaloupe tainted with a strain of the bacteria listeria has claimed 13 lives in an outbreak that now includes 18 states and 72 illnesses, including 2 pregnant women.
In mid-September, the listeria outbreak was linked to cantaloupe grown at Jensen Farm in Granada, Colorado. The farm issued an immediate recall of its melons, and CDC officials now say that the tainted melon has nearly reached the end of its shelf life.
However, people who ate tainted cantaloupe may yet develop symptoms of listeria, such as fever, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal distress. The bacteria can survive refrigeration, unlike some other food-borne pathogens, so the CDC urges consumers to hold off on consuming cantaloupe unless they can confirm the melons were not grown at Jensen Farm.
Pregnant women, people over 60, and those with compromised immune systems are at particular risk of serious illness or death if they contract listeriosis. Pregnant women who contract the disease are at risk for convulsions, miscarriage, or stillbirth.
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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
The multi-state outbreak of the bacterial infection listeria, which is particularly dangerous to pregnant women, has claimed 4 lives so far, health officials are reporting. The outbreak is now officially traced to tainted cantaloupes that were grown at Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado. Thirty-five people in 10 states have been infected so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The illness have been reported in California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia. The deaths were in Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
The Huffington Post reports that Jensen Farms has recalled its cantaloupes, which were shipped to Illinois, Wyoming, Tennessee, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Most of those who have been sickened are elderly, but pregnant women are also at risk of becoming seriously ill and increasing their chances of miscarriage or stillbirth. Pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems are urged to avoid eating cantaloupe, and to throw away any cantaloupe that is suspected of being contaminated.
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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Listeria, the gastrointestinal bacteria that is of particular danger to pregnant women, has been documented in Colorado, Texas, and Nebraska, leading health officials to declare an “outbreak” and warn at-risk individuals to take precautions. Two patients in Colorado died from the infection.
The outbreak, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, can be traced to tainted cantaloupe melons. Though the bacteria is most often spread through unpasteurized soft cheeses, refrigerated smoked seafood, and deli meats, officials urge pregnant women, people over 60, and those with compromised immune systems to avoid eating cantaloupe as well as those other foods until the source of the contamination can be determined. Officials note that deli meat can be safely consumed by pregnant women if it is reheated to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pregnant women who contract listeria are at risk for convulsions, miscarriage, or stillbirth.
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