Listeria Cantaloupe Toll – 13 deaths – 74 infected in 16 states

The CDC as of September 21 listed eight deaths linked to Jensen Farms and Frontera Listeria-tainted Cantaloupe from 14 states: 2 in Colorado, 1 in Maryland, 4 in New Mexico, and 1 in Oklahoma. A review of state health department sites and media reports yield a much higher number: California:- 1 confirmed outbreak case. Colorado:- 15 confirmed outbreak cases, including 2 deaths. Illinois:- 1 confirmed outbreak case; no additional cases under investigation at this time. The infected individual is an 82-year-old woman from suburban Cook County. She became ill on September 7th, and was subsequently hospitalized. Indiana:- 1 confirmed outbreak case. None of the recalled cantaloupes were shipped directly to Indiana. Kansas:- 5 confirmed cases; 3 cases under investigation. Two deaths. Maryland:- 1 fatal confirmed outbreak case. None if the recalled cantaloupes were shipped directly to Maryland. Missouri:- 2 cases under investigation. One death. Montana:- 1 confirmed outbreak case in Yellowstone County; 1 suspect case from Gallatin County. Nebraska:- 6 confirmed outbreak cases, all 70+ years old; two victims are 90+ years old. One death. New Mexico:- 10 confirmed outbreak cases, including 4 deaths. All 10 individuals were hospitalized. Victims' ages range from 43 to 96 years, and include 6 women and 4 men. Patients are from seven different New Mexico counties. Three additional cases – including 1 death – are under investigation. Oklahoma:- 8 confirmed outbreak cases, including one death. Two additional cases are under investigation. Outbreak-related illnesses have been reported from Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Love and McCurtain counties. Victims range from 61 to 96 years old; two-thirds are male. Texas:- 9 confirmed outbreak cases. Virginia:- 1 confirmed outbreak case. West Virginia:- 1 confirmed outbreak case. Recalled cantaloupes were not shipped directly to West Virginia. Wisconsin:- 2 confirmed outbreak cases. Recalled cantaloupes were not shipped directly to Wisconsin. Wyoming:- 1 confirmed outbreak case. According to the FDA, cantaloupes were shipped to at least 25 states: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming. And, not all of those states have reported illnesses – yet Thanks to the tireless work of Phyllis Entis, the foodbuglady at efoodalert.

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