Listeria outbreak from contaminated cantaloupe kills 1 in Oklahoma

TULSA - The Oklahoma Department of Health confirms the death of one person from an outbreak of Listeria traced to cantaloupe.

The Health Department says there have been six cases in the state related to cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms. All six people were hospitalized and one person died. An additional four cases are being investigated.

Officials say all of the people sickened in Oklahoma are over the age of 60.

Jensen Farms has voluntarily recalled Rocky Ford Cantaloupe. The recalled cantaloupes were shipped between July 29th and September 10th.

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.

OSDH says older adults, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are at high risk for listeriosis. They suggest checking the label or checking with stores to determine if the fruit came from the Rocky Ford region in Colorado.

Any cantaloupe from Jensen Farms should be disposed of in a closed plastic bag in a sealed trash can.

Listeriosis symptoms may include fever, chills, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Officials say healthy adults and children typically will not develop a serious illness.
 

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