Listeria Outbreak Linked to Contaminated Cantaloupes

A listeria outbreak that caused 12 to fall ill and one death has been linked to cantaloupe, according to news sources.

The outbreak is currently limited to Colorado, Texas, and Nebraska, with most of the cases, including the death, occurring in Colorado.

Listeriosis is caused by the organism listeria monocytogenes and is a gastrointestianal infection that is especially dangerous to young children, pregnant women and their unborn child, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, confusion, muscle ache, and convulsions.

The Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are all investigating the contamination. No brand of cantaloupe has been identified as the specific source.

Always clean cantaloupes thoroughly, as their skins can be ideal breeding grounds for bacteria. As a personal injury attorney in Vancouver I know that there many rules and regulations that most food and product manufacturers must abide by. Even so, mistakes can and will be made. Our personal injury law firm hopes that you or your loved will not be affected by listeriosis. If you or anyone you know has been affected by listeriosis we encourage them to seek medical attention right away so things do not get any worse.