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Listeria Outbreak Cantaloupe

September 11, 2011 by staff 

Listeria Outbreak CantaloupeListeria Outbreak Cantaloupe, Officials of the State of Colorado and Nebraska spent the weekend investigating the cause of an outbreak of listeria that has killed two people in Colorado.

Colorado State officials said the investigation into the cause of the listeria now involves a number of federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now coordinating the multi-state investigation affected states, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture Inspection Service Food Safety. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is also working with local public health research, “said Department of Public Health and Environment said in a statement. “The nine confirmed cases of Colorado eat melon. There is no specific source of the product has been identified.”

Although Colorado has reported 13 cases of listeria from the beginning of August, only nine cases in the state are related to the current outbreak.

People who are at high risk for listeriosis include people 60 years of age, people with weakened immune systems of the transplants or certain chronic diseases, immunosuppressive treatments or medications, and pregnant women. Healthy adults rarely develop this disease.

The expansion of the state’s investigation is presented as cases of listeria have been filed in Nebraska and Texas.

Authorities say the cause of the listeria outbreak probably linked to contaminated cantaloupe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this marks the first time that the melon has been associated with an outbreak of listeria. On average, Colorado records about 10 cases of listeriosis each year.

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