We know that Jensen Farms and Frontera Cantaloupe were shipped to Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
And, as of last week the CDC reported the number of infected persons identified in each state at 22 with 2 deaths 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.
However, individual State Health Departments and local media tell another story of as many as 45 illnesses with 7 deaths:
Oklahoma – 12 ill with 1 death
New Mexico – 11 ill with 4 deaths
Nebraska – 3 ill
Colorado – 12 ill with 1 death
Texas – 2 ill
Missouri – 2 ill with 1 death
Wyoming – 1 ill
Indiana – 1 ill
West Virginia – 1 ill
Counting illnesses and deaths in an ongoing outbreak is not as easy as I try to make it. In fact, it is hard – very hard. People sick with Listeria may not recall all they ate or what brand of cantaloupe they consumed. For those that died, well, hard to ask key questions.