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Listeria Outbreak In Colorado Linked To Cantaloupe

Listeria outbreak in Colorado linked to cantaloupe, above, but the source of the infection has not yet been identified.

Listeria outbreak in Colorado linked to cantaloupe, above, but the source of the infection has not yet been identified.

On Friday the Colorado Department of Health and Environment reported that the likely source of an outbreak of the listeria bacteria in Colorado is likely due to cantaloupe. There have been two deaths so far in Colorado from the bacteria, but officials have only been able to link one of the deaths to contaminated cantaloupe.

The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed the link between listeria and cantaloupes in the current outbreak, but as yet the source of the contamination has not been discovered.

Texas and Nebraska have also reported cases of listeria, and so both the CDC and the United States Department of Agriculture are both trying to track down the source of the contamination.

Those most at risk include pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone with compromised immune systems. To help avoid the bacteria, deli meats and cheeses made with unpasteurized milk should be avoided, as these have been linked to listeria in past outbreaks.

Symptoms which are common for a listeria infection include fevers with muscle aches, diarrhea, aches, a stiff neck, and possibly confusion  and headaches. For women who are pregnant, the infection could lead to stillbirths or miscarriages.

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