Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade. Listeria is most harmful to the elderly and pregnant women (as it passes thru to the fetus). Symptoms of listeria include fever and muscle aches, often with other gastrointestinal symptoms. Victims often become incapacitated and unable to speak.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths have been reported from The Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes from Jensen Farms grown in Colorado and shipped between July 29th and September 10th all across the United States. The cases have been found in 18 states including California. See entire article here.