September 19, 2011:Number Of Listeria Infections And Deaths Climb As Cantaloupe Outbreak Source Is Confirmed

Reports from multiple State Health Department websites and the media indicate that the number of confirmed Listeria infections and deaths continues to climb. At least four fatalities, two confirmed by the CDC, are thought to be linked to the outbreak.   In its last update, the CDC reported a total of 22 persons infected with the outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes, including 2 deaths, from seven states as follows:  Colorado (12), Indiana (1), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (4), Oklahoma (1), Texas (2), and West Virginia (1).  Two deaths were reported, one in Colorado and one in New Mexico.

Following are highlights and updated information found on various state department health websites and in the media as of this past weekend:

  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced on September 16, 2011, that it has obtained laboratory results which provide the direct link between the human cases in the Listeria outbreak and cantaloupe labeled as “Rocky Fords” from Jensen Farms in Holly.  “Cantaloupe samples from the refrigerator of a Listeria patient’s home, as well as samples obtained from various retail outlets last week, have the same DNA fingerprints as the Listeria that has infected 12 Colorado residents. All of the Listeria-positive cantaloupe samples at this time appear to have been grown at Jensen Farms.”


  • The Illinois Department of Public Health has indicated that “Listeriosis illnesses in several other states –including Cook County in Illinois—are currently being investigated by state and local health departments to determine if these illnesses are part of this outbreak.”


  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also reports “Kansas has had six cases of listeriosis reported since Aug. 26. None of these cases has been definitively linked to the multistate outbreak, but investigations are underway and additional laboratory testing is pending. Typically, Kansas reports fewer than six cases of listeriosis per year; to date, there have been seven cases in 2011, including the six cases currently under investigation.”


  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health on September 16, 2011, reported a total of six cases of listeriosis related to cantaloupe.  Oklahoma residents were warned as follows “The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has now confirmed a total of six cases of listeriosis related to cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms from the Rocky Ford, CO, growing region. All six cases were hospitalized and one of these died.  An additional four listeriosis cases are under investigation, and are suspected to be related to the nationwide outbreak.  All of the Oklahoma cases are over the age of sixty.  While particularly severe for the elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems, state officials recommend that all Oklahomans avoid recalled Rocky Ford cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms.”


  • In Missouri, The Springfield-Greene County Health Department indicated that two illnesses are being investigated by state and local health officials to determine if the illnesses are part of the outbreak.  reported that one patient has died and the other victim was hospitalized as of this weekend.


  • The New Mexico Department of Health reports “Since mid-August, there have been 10 patients with laboratory-confirmed listeriosis in New Mexico.  4 of these people have died.  To date, 5 of the 10 cases have been linked to the Rocky Ford cantaloupe outbreak by DNA fingerprinting.”


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