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See below for tips & details on how you can prevent Listeria infection and SPECIFICALLY which populations are higher risk.Via the Center For Disease Control & Prevention
(CNN) — An outbreak of illness linked to consumption of tainted cantaloupes has been linked to 13 deaths and 72 illnesses in 18 states, a federal disease agency reported Wednesday.
The outbreak — blamed on the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes — was first reported September 12, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 15 people in four states had been infected. The illnesses were traced to consumption of Rocky Ford cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms’ fields in Granada, Colorado.
The deaths reported as of Tuesday morning occurred in Colorado (two), Kansas (one), Maryland (one), Missouri (one), Nebraska (one), New Mexico (four), Oklahoma (one), and Texas (two).
The illnesses occurred in those states as well as in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, North Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
How can I reduce my risk for Listeriosis?
There are some general recommendations on how to prevent an infection with Listeria, and some additional recommendations specifically for persons who are at high risk.