October 6, 2011: Listeriosis Outbreak Claims More Lives
A Message To Listeriosis Outbreak Victims:
Attorney Eric H. Weinberg is currently assisting victims of the 2011 US listeriosis outbreak linked to recalled Jensen Farms’ cantaloupes. We are ready to help you. If you believe that you were injured in this outbreak, you can request a free legal case evaluation by filling out the form found on this page, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.
CDC Update for Listeria Outbreak Linked to Jensen Farms “Rocky Ford” Cantaloupes:
As of October 3, 2011, 18 deaths and 100 confirmed listeriosis cases have been linked to contaminated cantaloupes in what is certainly one of the most deadly US food poisoning outbreaks is recent history. Twenty states have reported confirmed outbreak cases, with the first confirmed illness beginning on about July 31, 2011.
According to the CDC, persons infected with any of the four outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes is as follows: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1) California (1), Colorado (30), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Kansas (7), Maryland (1), Missouri (3), Montana (1), Nebraska (6), New Mexico (13), North Dakota (1), Oklahoma (11), Texas (14), Virginia (1), West Virginia (1), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (2).
The majority of these illnesses occurred in persons over 60 years old or with health conditions that may have the weakened the immune system.
The eighteen deaths have been reported from the following states: 5 in Colorado, 2 in Kansas, 1 in Maryland, 1 in Missouri, 1 in Nebraska, 5 in New Mexico, 1 in Oklahoma, and 2 in Texas.
The Cantaloupe Recall:
On September 14, 2011, the FDA announced that Jensen Farms was recalling its “Rocky Ford Cantaloupes”, because the melons had been linked to a multistate Listeria outbreak. On September 29, 2011, the FDA alerted consumers that the recalled melons had also been shipped to Indiana, Louisiana, and Wisconsin. Carol’s Cuts Fresh Cut Cantaloupes also announced a recall on September 23, 2011, for its “Fresh Cut Cantaloupes and Cut Mixed Fruit” which also had the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium capable of causing a serious and life-threatening infection known as listeriosis. Infants and young children, the elderly, and those individuals with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk for developing complications related to the infection. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages or stillbirths among pregnant women.
Listeriosis symptoms may include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions. Pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms.
The CDC cautions that persons in the high-risk category, including the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women, who experience flu-like symptoms within two months of eating a Listeria contaminated food seek medical care. Let your physician or health care provider know that you have eaten the recalled melons or any other contaminated food. This is vital to your health since you can develop listeriosis for up to two months after eating a food contaminated with Listeria.
Listeriosis is typically diagnosed through a blood or spinal fluid test to look for, or isolate the Listeria bacterium.
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If you are diagnosed with Listeria, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free legal case evaluation by selecting Listeria Lawsuit, or call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274.