Listeria Outbreak Resources

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Cantaloupe (credit: AP)

Cantaloupe (credit: AP)

DENVER (CBS4)- The listeria outbreak has been tied to Rocky Ford Cantaloupe. There have been 27 cases reported in six states. Four people have died.

Jensen Farms voluntarily recalled their cantaloupe on Wednesday because of the listeria outbreak. That’s the same day the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the cantaloupe. The whole cantaloupes in question were shipped between July 29 and Sept. 10.

Testing has determined the source of the listeria outbreak is linked to cantaloupe from Jensen Farms.

Listeria Outbreak Hotline: (877) 462-2911

Colorado Department of Public Health and Education: cdphe.state.co.us

Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov

Food & Drug Administration: fda.gov

Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems.

Colorado health director Chris Urbina said people who are at high risk included people 60 and older, those with weakened immune systems from transplants and people with chronic diseases. Symptoms can include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, headache, stiff neck, confusion and convulsions. Listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

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