On August 17, 2011, Charles and Tammy Palmer purchased a whole cantaloupe at the Wal-Mart store located on Razorback Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over the next several days, Charles ate the cantaloupe, which came from Jensen Farms, Inc., who today recalled the listeria-contaminated fruit.
Mr. Palmer fell ill on August 30, 2011. His condition quickly worsened, and by the morning of August 31, 2011, he became non-responsive. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where he remains as of tomorrow morning. Mr. Palmer has tested positive for Listeria.
As of today, the number of confirmed cases in the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak caused by contaminated cantaloupes is at least 15 people from four states, including Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. New Mexico has reported at least 9 Listeria illnesses in state residents recently, but has not yet confirmed that they are part of the cantaloupe outbreak. All 15 confirmed cases have been hospitalized, and at least 1 person has died.