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September 19, Associated Press

(Colorado; National) Cantaloupe deaths: Several dead from eating tainted cantaloupe linked to Colorado.

Four people have died in an outbreak of listeria traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said September 19. One death occurred in Colorado, one in Oklahoma, and two in New Mexico. The death count could soon rise to six. A spokesman for the New Mexico Department of Heath said the CDC is in the process of confirming two additional deaths linked to the outbreak in his state.

The CDC said 35 people in 10 states have been sickened in the outbreak so far. The illnesses are in California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.

Colorado has the most illnesses with 12 sickened, followed by Oklahoma with six, and New Mexico with five. The illnesses have been traced to fruit from Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado.

The Food and Drug Administration said September 19 it had found listeria in samples of Jensen Farms' cantaloupe taken from a Denver-area store, and on samples taken from equipment and cantaloupe at the farm's packing facility. Tests confirmed the samples matched the strain of the disease found in those sickened. Jensen Farms recalled its Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes the week of September 12 after the illnesses were linked to its fruit.

Source: HuffingtonPost.com

Submitted by:
James A. Rose
Regional Threat Preparedness Coordinator
Regional Threat Preparedness Unit
Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department

 
   

Last updated Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:07 PM

 
 

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