Rocky Ford cantaloupes: Caught in the crossfire - The Packer

Rocky Ford cantaloupes: Caught in the crossfire

09/18/2011 11:11:00 PM
Tom Karst


Montana (2 sick) - Department of the Public Health and Human Services officials have identified two cases of listeriosis in Montana residents who reside in two different Montana counties, Gallatin and Yellowstone.

 Nebraska (3 sick) - In the past two weeks, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Office of Epidemiology has received three reports of listeriosis (two in Douglas County and one in Custer County).  Of the two with known hospitalization history, both were hospitalized. PFGE (DNA fingerprinting) has completed on one isolate. It matches isolates from two other states. The investigation in this cluster so far is finding a strong association with cantaloupe.

 New Mexico (10 sick with 4 deaths) - To date, the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) has identified ten patients hospitalized with Listeria infection in the last 3 weeks, including 4 fatalities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed by DNA fingerprinting tests that the first five New Mexico cases are part of the multi-state Listeriosis outbreak linked to cantaloupes from the Rocky Ford region of Colorado. Test results on the other cases are pending.

 Oklahoma (10 sick with 1 death) - One case has been identified as associated with this outbreak.  Six other recently reported cases of listeriosis among Oklahomans are under investigation to determine if they are related to the outbreak.  Per news reports - The Oklahoma Department of Health confirms the death of one person from an outbreak of Listeria traced to cantaloupe.  The Health Department says there have been six cases in the state related to cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms. All six people were hospitalized and one person died. An additional four cases are being investigated.

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Bill Marler  |  September, 19, 2011 at 08:50 AM

"for what it is worth". Well Tom, you could have done the research. FYI, you forgot the introduction: Seven deaths among as many as 49 illnesses are being investigated and may be linked to Listeria-tainted cantaloupes traced to Jensen Farms in Holly, CO, according to a review of state health department websites and media reports this weekend. Perhaps you can explain to your readers the use of the "for that it is worth comment."

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