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Number of Listeria Cases Likely To Grow In October In U.S.

The number of Listeria cases caused by cantaloupe from Colorado is likely to grow in October in the U.S.

The number of Listeria cases caused by cantaloupe from Colorado is likely to grow in October in the U.S.

With 13 people already dead because of an outbreak of Listeria in the United States, and over 70 people infected in many states, this is already the deadliest year in the last ten years for a listeria outbreak, and it is likely to get worse in October, according to the update health officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, CDC gave on Wednesday.

The Listeria bacteria can take up to two months for a person who has eaten contaminated food to show the symptoms, and this makes it much harder to pin point the actual source of any contamination.

In this particular case, cantaloupes grown by Jensen Farms in Colorado and shipped from the 29 July to 10 September have been identified as the source of the food borne disease, but no reason has yet been found as to how the bacteria ended up on the fruit. These kinds of outbreaks are far more commonly associated with processed meats and cheeses.

Four people have died in New Mexico from this outbreak so far, as well as two people in both Colorado and Texas,, and one in Kansas, and one in each of the states of Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Other people have become ill and are being tested for the bacteria, but there are currently four strains of the bacteria which is both unusual and causing concern, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, report. antibiotics are usually effective in treating this infection,

The people at risk for infection from this bacteria include those with compromised immune systems, the elderly and pregnant women. Symptoms include fever, with muscle aches, a headache, stiff neck, confusion, and a loss of balance, and in some cases, convulsions.

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