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Kansas Death from Listeria Outbreak in Cantaloupe

Oct 7, 2011

Federal health officials have raised the death toll to 18 in an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it has confirmed 100 illnesses in 20 states, including the 18 deaths.

The agency said it has confirmed two additional deaths in Colorado and one in Kansas since last week. The death toll is almost certain to rise, as listeria-linked outbreaks can have incubation periods approaching two months.

If you or a loved one has been affected by the Listeria Cantaloupe outbreak, contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. for a free legal consultation.

The LA Times noted that it is "the nation's deadliest food-borne outbreak in more than a decade," and the Jensen Farms in Colorado "recalled its cantaloupes on Sept. 14 after the melons were found to have been contaminated by four strains of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

"MSNBC added that in the outbreak, "most of those who became ill are older than 60, with an average age of 79. Of 93 people for whom information is available, 91 were hospitalized."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its most recent update assures consumers that cantaloupes known not to have originated at the Jensen Farm in Colorado "are safe to eat."

The FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Tuesday that her agency is investigating the cause of the outbreak. The FDA and CDC have had teams in Jensen Farms fields and packing sheds, testing the soil, water and surfaces for clues.

Listeria bacteria grow in moist, muddy conditions and are often carried by animals.

If you or a loved one has been affected by the Listeria Cantaloupe outbreak, contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. for a free legal consultation.

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