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Listeria Cantaloupe – 112 Sick with 23 Dead and 1 Miscarriage

Thanks to Phyllis Entis for keeping track of this:

  • Death toll: 23 and 1 Miscarriage
  • Number of confirmed cases: 112
  • Number of states affected: 25
  • Alabama:- One case.
  • Alaska:- No cases. None of the cantaloupes were shipped to Alaska.
  • Arizona:- No outbreak cases. One cases of Listeria that is unrelated to the outbreak.
  • Arkansas:- One case.
  • California:- One confirmed case. According to the California Department of Public Health, none of the recalled cantaloupes were distributed in California (FDA’s news releases include California in the distribution list).
  • Colorado:- Thirty (32) confirmed cases; 5 deaths.
  • Connecticut:- No cases.
  • Delaware:- No cases.
  • Florida:- One case.
  • Georgia:- No cases.
  • Hawaii:- No cases. No recalled cantaloupes were shipped to Hawaii.
  • Idaho:- One confirmed case  - a Jerome County woman in her 60s, who became ill in early September and was hospitalized but has recovered.
  • Illinois:- One confirmed case (female in her 80s from Cook County). No additional cases under investigation.
  • Indiana:- Two cases. One death.
  • Iowa:- One case – a Northwest Iowa woman who was pregnant at the time she became ill and subsequently suffered a miscarriage.
  • Kansas:- Seven (7) confirmed cases, including two deaths.
  • Kentucky:- No outbreak cases. Three unrelated cases in the state this year.
  • Louisiana:- Two confirmed cases, as of October 10th, and two deaths. The two victims include an 81-year old Shreveport woman, and an 87-year old woman from the Baton Rouge area.
  • Maine:- No cases.
  • Maryland:- One case (patient died at the end of August). The victims was a resident of central Maryland, and had eaten cantaloupe. Traceback is continuing, according to the State.
  • Massachusetts:- No cases.
  • Michigan:- No cases.
  • Minnesota:- No cases.
  • Mississippi:- No cases.
  • Missouri:- Four (4) confirmed cases; one death (94-year old individual). The “immediate” cause of death was not a Listeria infection.
  • Montana:- One confirmed case in Yellowstone County. One case under investigation in Gallatin County.
  • Nebraska:- Six (6) confirmed cases; one death (a man in his 80s from the western part of the state. No additional cases under investigation. The six victims – all of them more than 75 years old – were residents of five different counties: Douglas (2), Gage, Hitchcock, Seward, and Cherry.
  • Nevada:- No cases.
  • New Hampshire:- No cases.
  • New Jersey:- No cases.
  • New Mexico:- Thirteen (13) confirmed cases; 5 deaths. According to a Sept 29th news release, the five fatal cases include a 93-year-old man from Bernalillo County, a 61-year-old female from Curry County, a 63-year-old man from Bernalillo County, a 77-year-old man from McKinley County and a 96-year-old female from Lea County. The other New Mexico cases have come from Bernalillo, Chaves, Otero, De Baca, and Valencia counties. The cases range in age from the 43 to 96 and include 7 men and 6 women. No additional cases are under investigation at this time.
  • New York:- One case. One fatality. The patient was an elderly woman in Ontario County in western New York State.
  • North Carolina:- No cases.
  • North Dakota:- One confirmed case - a 60+ year old woman who was hospitalized in early September. The recalled cantaloupes were supplied to Walmart stores in North Dakota.
  • Ohio:- No cases.
  • Oklahoma:- Eleven (11) confirmed cases, including one death. Outbreak victims are residents of nine different counties: Oklahoma (3), Canadian, Choctaw, Cleveland, Custer, Kay, Love, McCurtain, and Payne. The first Oklahoma patient developed symptoms on August 30th; the most recent on September 15th. The youngest outbreak victim is 61 years old, and the eldest is 96. Nearly three-fourths of the case-patients are male.
  • Oregon:- One case.
  • Pennsylvania:- No cases.
  • Rhode Island:- No cases.
  • South Carolina:- No cases.
  • South Dakota:- One case.
  • Tennessee:- No cases.
  • Texas:- Sixteen (16) confirmed cases, including 2 deaths. The investigation continues, but no specific details are being provided on suspect cases.
  • Utah:- No cases.
  • Vermont:- No cases.
  • Virginia:- One case.
  • Washington State:- No cases.
  • West Virginia:- One case. The recalled cantaloupes were not sold in West Virginia.
  • Wisconsin:- Two (2) cases.
  • Wyoming:- Three confirmed cases. One death. Illnesses were reported from Laramie and Sheridan counties. Onset dates of illnesses range from August 31st to September 15th.