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Tainted Fruit Death Toll Doubles

The fatality number relating to the contaminated cantaloupe Listeria outbreak doubled yesterday, according to news sources.

Health officials reported 55 illnesses and eight dead on Wednesday, compared with a previous report of 35 sickened and four deaths.

The recall of the tainted fruit was announced September 14. The food and drug administration linked Rock Ford-region brand cantaloupe from Jensen Farms to the Listeria outbreak. The recall affected at least 17 states.

Those sickened include 14 in Colorado, 10 in New Mexico, nine in Texas, eight in Oklahoma, four in Nebraska and one each in California, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, West Virginia and Wyoming. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that four deaths have occurred in New Mexico, two deaths in Colorado, and one each in Maryland and Oklahoma.

Health investigators have concluded that the age of those sickened ranges from 35-96, with the median age being 78. They also determined that the illnesses began August 4th and warn that infection is still possible, as Listeria monocytogenes organism can cause illness up to two months after consumption.

As a Seattle personal injury attorney, 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 Seattle personal injury law firm hopes that you or your loved will not be affected by the contaminated cantaloupes. If you or anyone you know has been affected by Listeria monocytogenes we encourage them to seek medical attention right away so things do not get any worse.