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Listeria Outbreak Deadliest in Years

susan_harr5 years ago

The Listeria outbreak caused by contaminated cantaloupes recalled from Jensen Farms in Granada, Colorado is now the deadliest food-borne illness outbreak in more than 10 years. As of Thursday, September 29, 2011, there were 16 deaths linked to the Listeria-contaminated cantaloupes.

More Deaths Expected

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials expect the number of illnesses and deaths to rise in coming weeks due to the fact that symptoms of Listeria can take up to four weeks to show up, and it can take even longer for a person to fall ill after eating food contaminated with Listeria.

About Listeria

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause foodborne illness that is potentially deadly for infants, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems. The median age for Listeria-fatalities caused by the most recent outbreak is 78. Signs/symptoms of Listeriosis infection may include:

  • fever
  • muscle aches
  • headache
  • stiff neck or confusion
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (as nausea or diarrhea)
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