Cantaloupe illnesses and deaths expected to rise

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Washington (AP) -- Federal health officials said Wednesday more
illnesses and possibly more deaths may be linked to an outbreak of
listeria in Colorado cantaloupe in coming weeks. So far, the outbreak has caused at least 72 illnesses -- including up to 16 deaths -- in 18 states, making it the deadliest food outbreak in the United States in more than a decade. The heads of the CDC and FDA say consumers who have cantaloupes produced by Jensen Farms in Colorado should throw them out. If they aren't sure where the fruit is from, they shouldn't eat it. Officials say illnesses are expected for weeks to come because the incubation period for listeria can be a month or even longer. Listeria generally only sickens the elderly, pregnant women, and others with compromised immune systems. Cases have been reported in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
KKCO NBC 11 News
2531 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Station Phone: 970.243.1111
Business Fax: 970.243.1770
Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793
News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 130774453 -
Gray Television, Inc.