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Contaminated Cantaloupes Sweeps Across 26 U.S. States

A possible illness called listeria is sweeping across certain parts of the United States. So far, 14 people have died from eating the contaminated cantaloupes. The contaminated cantaloupes are said to be more deadlier than salmonella or E. coli.

A possible illness called listeria is sweeping across certain parts of the United States.  So far, 14 people have died from eating the contaminated cantaloupes.  The contaminated cantaloupes are said to be more deadlier than salmonella or E. coli.

The Centers for Disease Control said to expect more deaths in the weeks ahead because the symptoms of cantaloupes isn’t caught or recognized instantly.  A person that becomes infected can easily harbor listeria up to 8 weeks before feeling ill.

The tainted cantaloupes were recalled by Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado.  Samples were taken from a store in Denver, and the packing warehouse, that confirms the matching disease called listeria.

Cantaloupes carrying the Rock Ford brand were shipped from July 29th – September 10th to the following states; Wyoming, Virginia, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio, North Dakota, North Carolina, New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Idaho, Colorado, California, Arizona, and also Arkansas.

The cantaloupes that are being recalled may be labeled “Colorado Grown,” and distributed by Frontera Produce, Jensenfarms.com or “Sweet Rocky Fords.” The FDA advises the public that all these tainted cantaloupes might not have labels.

Listeria shouldn’t cause healthy adults to become sick but it can in those with weakened immune systems and young children.  Pregnant women are advised not to eat the cantaloupes because of listeria could possibly pass to the unborn fetus.  Though there is no definite link as of today.

Listeria causes fever, diarrhea, nausea, and muscle aches.  If it should spread to the nervous system, the possible signs may include headache, loss of balance, convulsions, stiff neck and confusion.

If you have eaten any recalled food that was infected with listeria and you are now experiencing  symptoms, please contact your physician for an evaluation and treatment.

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