Cantaloupe Listeria Toll

October 13, 2011 by staff 

Cantaloupe Listeria TollCantaloupe Listeria Toll, An outbreak of listeria melons grown on the farm has killed 23 people and sickened 116 more in the United States since late July, health officials said Wednesday.

A woman who was pregnant and get listeriosis after eating a melon has also contaminated aborted, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its latest update.

The illnesses have been reported in 25 states, because melons farms from Jensen based in Colorado, the CDC said. A recall was issued on September 14 and all the fruits you should store shelves now.

“More people sick can be reported by the time between diagnosis and laboratory confirmation and a maximum of two months may elapse between the ingestion of contaminated food and the development of listeriosis,” says the CDC.

The cases mark the worst outbreak of diseases transmitted by the U.S. more than a decade, and first time listeria has been found in whole melons. Researchers are still trying to figure out how the contamination occurred.

Listeriosis is particularly dangerous for the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women can cause miscarriage or stillbirth.

Melons only Jensen farms have been implicated in the outbreak, and none was sent outside the United States.

Listeriosis can cause diarrhea, fever, muscle aches and other flu-like symptoms. In most people, the bacteria spread from the intestine into the bloodstream, but can be treated with antibiotics.

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