Cantaloupe cause Listeria Outbreak

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Diseases, health 

cantaloupe, listeriaAn outbreak of listeriosis, an illness caused by the food-borne pathogen listeria, has killed at the very least four and sickened folks across 4 states.

3 with the 5 deaths attributed to the contamination had been in New Mexico, and folks in Colorado, Texas and Nebraska also fell ill within the outbreak, traced to consumption of cantaloupe. Listeriosis is usually contracted from deli meats and hot dogs, and can outcome from consumption of dairy as well.

Two of the listeria-related deaths from this outbreak occurred in Colorado, and public health officials think they might have traced the outbreak to “cantaloupe from the famed Rocky Ford area” because the “likely culprit” behind the extreme illnesses and deaths.

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What is Listeria?

[ad#scarlett_post]According to MayoClinic, Listeria infection is a food-borne illness that can be very serious for pregnant women and people with impaired immune systems. Listeria infection is most commonly contracted by eating improperly processed deli meats and unpasteurized milk products.

Listeria bacteria can survive refrigeration and even freezing. That’s why people who are at higher risk for serious infections should avoid eating the types of food most likely to contain listeria bacteria.

Listeria Symptoms

If the listeria infection spreads to your nervous system, signs and symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion or changes in alertness
  • Loss of balance
  • Convulsions

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