The Listeria outbreak connected to Rocky Ford whole cantaloupe grown in Colorado has sickened a Virginia resident, however the person was exposed to the tainted cantaloupe while in Colorado.
Jensen Farms of Holly, CO recalled shipments of Rocky Ford whole cantaloupe after the Listeria outbreak was traced back to the produce. The Rocky Ford whole cantaloupes were shipped from July 29 through September 10th to numerous states during this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the outbreak has announced that 14 states have been affected so far with a confirmed 55 illnesses and 8 deaths.
So far illness and death have been reported in: California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
According to the CDC, Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacterium. It is found in soil and water and when the Listeria bacteria gets into a food processing factory, it can live there for years contaminating food products.
The CDC is urging that you do not eat Rocky Ford cantaloupes from Jensen Farms and should dispose of them. Those at highest risk for the listeriosis infection are pregnant women, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems.