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Iowa Miscarriage Linked to Listeria Cantaloupe

Screen Shot 2011-10-05 at 6.17.01 PM.pngYou knew it was just a matter of time before the death toll would start to count miscarriages too. JoNel Aleccia of MSNBC reports tonight that “Woman’s miscarriage blamed on listeria-tainted cantaloupe.” According to JoNel:

A pregnant Iowa woman has suffered a miscarriage after contracting a listeria infection tied to tainted cantaloupe, underscoring the seriousness of the ongoing outbreak in mothers-to-be, state health officials said.

The woman, who is an adult between the ages of 18 and 40 from northwest Iowa, came down with symptoms recently, a few weeks after eating the contaminted cantaloupe. She was still early in her pregnancy, said Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the Iowa Department of Public Health medical examiner.

“My understanding was that this played a substantial role in the miscarriage,” said Quinlisk, who couldn’t identify the woman more specifically because of privacy concerns. …

The Iowa case was the first reported in that state and one of three infections reported in pregnant women. Two of the women have continued their pregnancies and are being monitored, said CDC officials, who could not immediately identify which states they were from.

You should not loose a baby because you ate a cantaloupe!

  • Jaime

    I am a very nervous pregnant woman who possibly ate tainted canteloupe on vacation in Colorado the first week of September (week 9-10 of my pregnancy). Jenson Farms definitely supplied the local grocery store we shopped at, and we ate from 4 cantelopes the last 7-10 days that contaminated fruits were on the market.
    I’ve not had symptoms but am anxiously awaiting blood test results to see if I’m still at risk of sharing this with my baby. The data on the risks of miscarriage, still birth, or newborn fatality are terrifying.
    My heart breaks for this expectant Mom who tried to make a healthy choice.