A total of 35 people in 10 states have been infected in the multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to Rocky Ford Cantaloupes shipped by Jensen Farms in Colorado, including a suburban Cook County woman, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed.
IDPH along with local health departments in Illinois has been collaborating with CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the multistate outbreak of listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The FDA also reported the Rocky Ford Cantaloupes voluntarily recalled by Jensen Farms on September 14th were distributed in at least 17 states, including Illinois. Both the FDA and CDC have recommended that consumers not eat Rocky Ford Cantaloupes from Jensen Farms.
The 82-year-old Illinois woman became ill on September 7th after she reported that she ate a cantaloupe from a store where the recalled cantaloupes were sold. She was subsequently hospitalized.