Rocky Ford cantaloupes: Caught in the crossfire

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

Checking in at 11:21 p.m. Sunday night, I see that "Rocky Ford" cantaloupes are getting a fair amount of attention tonight.  Here is a sampling...

For what its worth, Bill Marler writes this in a Sunday evening email about the outbreak:

As of last week the CDC listed a total of 22 persons infected with the outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 7 states. The number of infected persons identified in each state is as follows: Colorado (12), Indiana (1), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (4), Oklahoma(1), Texas (2), and West Virginia (1). Two deaths have been reported, one in Colorado and one in New Mexico.  In reviewing State Health Department websites and media this weekend, I have come up with the following number is sick or dead likely related to Jensen and Frontera Listeria-tainted cantaloupes. The states below were noted by the FDA as receiving cantaloupes unless noted.

Arizona – No reported illnesses.

Colorado (12 sick with 1 death) - A total of 12 cases in Colorado are linked to the outbreak, including one death.

Indiana (1 sick) – One ill according to the CDC.  State not listed as receiving Jensen Cantaloupes.

Illinois (1 sick) – Listeriosis illnesses in several other states –including Cook County in Illinois—are currently being investigated by state and local health departments to determine if these illnesses are part of this outbreak.

Kansas (6 possibly sick) - Kansas has had six cases of listeriosis reported since August 26. None of these cases has been definitively linked to the multistate outbreak, but investigations are underway and additional laboratory testing is pending.

Missouri (2 sick with 1 death) – According to press reports, The Springfield-Greene County Health Department continues to reach out for a possible connection to contaminated cantaloupes in Colorado.  One of the listeria cases in Springfield was fatal. The other person was still in the hospital this weekend.


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Bill Marler    
www.marlerblog.com  |  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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