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Deadly Listeria Cantaloupe Count – 30 Dead, 1 Miscarriage with 146 Sick

120811map.jpgA total of 146 persons infected with any of the four outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes were reported to CDC from 28 states. The number of infected persons identified in each state was as follows: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), California (4), Colorado (40), Idaho (2), Illinois (4), Indiana (3), Iowa (1), Kansas (11), Louisiana (2), Maryland (1), Missouri (7), Montana (1), Nebraska (6), Nevada (1), New Mexico (15), New York (2), North Dakota (2), Oklahoma (12), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (1), South Dakota (1), Texas (18), Utah (1), Virginia (1), West Virginia (1), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (4).

Among persons for whom information was available, reported illness onset ranged from July 31, 2011 through October 27, 2011. Ages ranged from <1 to 96 years, with a median age of 77 years. Most ill persons were over 60 years old. Fifty-eight percent of ill persons were female. Among the 144 ill persons with available information on whether they were hospitalized, 142 (99%) were hospitalized.

Thirty deaths were reported: Colorado (8), Indiana (1), Kansas (3), Louisiana (2), Maryland (1), Missouri (3), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (5), New York (2), Oklahoma (1), Texas (2), and Wyoming (1). Among persons who died, ages ranged from 48 to 96 years, with a median age of 82.5 years. In addition, one woman pregnant at the time of illness had a miscarriage.

Seven of the illnesses were related to a pregnancy; three were diagnosed in newborns and four were diagnosed in pregnant women. One miscarriage was reported.

  • Paul F Schwarz

    Where the hell is congress? Probably busy passing laws like banning sharia law! Maybe finally taking down Public TV and BIg BIrd! Congress obviously doesn’t care about victims of lIsteria or other food borne illnesses!

  • Sam

    Paul,
    Congress is too busy conspiring in the destruction of the middle class. The agonizing death by food poisoning of a handfull of 99 percenters is merely a good start in the minds of our erstwhile leaders.

  • Paul F Schwarz

    Listeria has claimed another victim. My father, Paul A Schwarz, passed away this evening.