Texas (2 sick) - Two people from Texas have become ill after consuming Rocky Ford cantaloupe.
West Virginia (1 sick) – One ill. State not listed as receiving Jensen Cantaloupes
Wyoming (1 sick) – According to press reports, Wyoming state health officials say a Laramie County man has fallen ill with a case of listeriosis believed to be related to contaminated cantaloupes from Colorado.
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From Medical Daily: Listeria Outbreak in Cantaloupes is Extraordinary: Experts Jim Gorny quoted in this piece about the unusual appearance of listeria on cantaloupe
From Washington Post: Colorado farmers worry that Listeria outbreak has ruined prime selling season As usual, innocent farmers get caught in crossfire.. From the story:
Bartolo said the “Rocky Ford cantaloupes” name has no legal protection, such as the strict legal definition of a Vidalia onion, to prevent farmers outside the region from using the name. In fact, he said, Rocky Ford was a major melon-seed producer from the 1900s to 1940s, selling melon seeds nationwide under the name “Rocky Ford” or “Rocky Sweets,” so there may be cantaloupes from far away sold under the name.