State Of The States – Listeria monocytogenes

Updated 11/2/2011

  • Death toll: 30 (includes one miscarriage)
  • Number of confirmed cases: 139
  • Number of states affected: 28
  • Onset dates: July 31, 2011 through October 21, 2011

The Current Status – State By State

  • Alabama:- One case (an Alabama resident who was diagnosed and treated in Florida).
  • 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:- Two (2) confirmed cases. According to the California Department of Public Health, none of the recalled cantaloupes were distributed in California.
  • Colorado:- Thirty-nine (39) confirmed cases; 8 deaths.
  • Connecticut:- No cases.
  • Delaware:- No cases.
  • Florida:- No cases. An Alabama resident was diagnosed and treated in Florida, but is counted as an Alabama case.
  • Georgia:- No cases.
  • Hawaii:- No cases. No recalled cantaloupes were shipped to Hawaii.
  • Idaho:- Two (2) confirmed cases; one of them is a Jerome County woman in her 60s, who became ill in early September and was hospitalized but has recovered.
  • Illinois:- Three (3) confirmed cases (one of them is a female in her 80s from Cook County).
  • Indiana:- Three (3) 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:- Ten (10) confirmed cases, including three deaths.
  • Kentucky:- No outbreak cases. Three unrelated cases in the state this year.
  • Louisiana:- Two (2) 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:- Six (6) confirmed cases; two deaths. The fatalities include a 94-year old individual for whom “immediate” cause of death was not a Listeria infection, and an 84-year old individual who was diagnosed as suffering from “sepsis with Listeriosis.” Three of the confirmed cases occurred in the Northwest District; one was reported from the Eastern District and two (including the second fatal case) from the Southwest District. All six victims were hospitalized.
  • 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:- One case.
  • New Hampshire:- No cases.
  • New Jersey:- No cases.
  • New Mexico:- Fifteen (15) 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:- Two (2) cases. Two deaths, one of them an elderly woman in Ontario County in western New York State.
  • North Carolina:- No cases.
  • North Dakota:- Two (2) cases, one of them 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:- One case.
  • Rhode Island:- No cases.
  • South Carolina:- No cases.
  • South Dakota:- One case – a Minnehaha County woman in her 60s, who was already ill before contracting listeriosis.
  • Tennessee:- No cases.
  • Texas:- Eighteen (18) confirmed cases, including 2 deaths. The investigation continues, but no specific details are being provided on suspect cases.
  • Utah:- One case.
  • 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:- Four (4) confirmed cases. One death. Illnesses were reported from Laramie and Sheridan counties. Onset dates of illnesses range from August 31st to September 15th.

FDA – in response to repeated questions during a September 28th media teleconference – specifically declined to provide a list of retailers who were supplied with the recalled cantaloupes. “I think it’s a lot more accurate,” Dr. Hamburg (FDA Commissioner) explained, “for the consumer to actually ask their retailer in terms of the ability to get that information out and, of course, when you put stuff on the web site, not everybody accesses it. So I think it is an important message that if people are uncertain to ask their retailer.”

Many consumers across the US have asked me whether any of the recalled cantaloupes were shipped to their state or carried by their local supermarket. FDA reports that the recalled cantaloupes were distributed to the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Secondary and tertiary distribution to other states cannot be ruled out. Jensen did not export any of the recalled cantaloupes.

For information on which retailers are known to have sold the recalled cantaloupes, visit Jensen Farms Cantaloupes – Retail Distribution Information.

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