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72 Sick with 13 Dead in Listeria Cantaloupe Outbreak

CDC Reports a total of 72 persons infected with the four outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported to CDC from 18 states. All illnesses started on or after July 31, 2011. The number of infected persons identified in each state is as follows: California (1), Colorado (15), Florida (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Kansas (5), Maryland (1), Missouri (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (6), New Mexico (10), North Dakota (1), Oklahoma (8), Texas (14), Virginia (1), West Virginia (1), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (1).

Screen Shot 2011-09-27 at 4.16.20 PM.pngThirteen deaths have been reported: 2 in Colorado, 1 in Kansas, 1 in Maryland, 1 in Missouri, 1 in Nebraska, 4 in New Mexico, 1 in Oklahoma, and 2 in Texas. Listeriosis illnesses in several other states are currently being investigated by state and local health departments to determine if they are part of this outbreak.

  • Bix

    I think of listeria as the deli meat bug, not the cantaloupe bug. 13 deaths …

  • I bought a lot of fruit from meijer this week, lots of pre cut cantaloupe & now I think I might have something similar to food poisioning….I hope its just from all the giardenra/au jus on my beef sandwich yesterday. I live near Chicago.

  • Kathleen Buchanan

    My mother, who was 80 years old, died on Sept 22 after being hospitalized for 7 days. We were informed that her cultures grew Listeria on the same evening of her death. At home, prior to her illness, she had consumed cantaloupe from her local grocery store. We had been aware of some recalls in Texas but they were not issued for Louisiana, where she lived and now, of course, this week they are releasing the recall for the state of Louisiana also. How do I find out if her local grocery store had the colorado cantaloupe that are in question? Also, how do I find out how many other cases of Listeria related death have been reported in Louisiana? I can’t believe that after all of her chemotherapy to put her cancer in remission that something as simple as eating a cantaloupe may have killed her. I have to know if that was it or if the Listeria came from another source… it came from somewhere. She was fine and then the vomiting and diarrhea started and now she is gone. I need more answers.