US Cantaloupe Deaths
October 1, 2011 by staff
The source of the worst in U.S. outbreaks of foodborne disease in more than a decade has been attributed to Jensen Farms, a family-owned operation, and a voluntary recall was issued two weeks ago.
However, researchers are still trying to figure out how everything is contaminated melons, in what has been described as the first known outbreak of listeria in melons.
On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration warned that the cases were mounting insurance due to the long incubation period of unusual bacteria.
People can get sick until two months after eating a contaminated product.
Listeriosis is particularly dangerous for the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women because it can cause miscarriage or stillbirth.
The illnesses have been reported in 19 states, according to the CDC. The above figure, announced Wednesday, was 13 dead and 72 people sick.
While only melons Jensen farms have been involved and has not been sent outside the United States, the CDC has urged consumers to throw a melon, if you are unsure of its origin.
“Even if some of the melons are eaten without getting sick, having the rest of the melon immediately. Bacterium Listeria can grow in cantaloupe at room temperature and refrigerator,” the CDC said.
Listeriosis can cause diarrhea, fever and muscle aches and other flu-like symptoms. In most people, the bacteria spread from the intestine to the bloodstream, but can be treated with antibiotics.
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