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Listeria Death Count Mounts in Oklahoma – As Many as Nine others Ill

The Oklahoma State Department of Health confirms that one person has died as a result of the listeria outbreak related to cantaloupe shipped from Jensen Farms in Rocky Ford, Colorado.  In addition to six confirmed cases, four more are under investigation by the OSDH.  All of the cases in Oklahoma involve people over the age of 60.

As of a few moments ago the CDC was still reporting only a total of 22 persons infected with the outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 7 states. The number of infected persons identified in each state is 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.

The death toll and illness toll is likely to continue to rise.