The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), are announcing that citizens should refrain from eating cantaloupe grown out of the Rocky Ford, Colorado, area. The agencies say the fruit has been linked to a multi-state outbreak of Listeria.
According to 9 News, the melons have been associated with at least 15 cases of infected individuals in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. Although only one case of the bacterial infection has been confirmed in Oklahoma, another six cases are currently under investigation.
Consumers who believe they have come into contact with the tainted fruit can check the label or with the store where it was purchased to determine if it is part of the warnings. If it is, the CDC and OSDH say to throw the fruit away in a sealed bag to ensure pets and other animals will not be exposed.
Listeria bacterium are commonly found in soil, water, and on food, but are easily destroyed when cooked. The bacteria, if left untreated in human cases, can develop into meningitis and become very deadly. Signs of the infection include flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
If you have been harmed by food that is believed to be tainted, the Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers may be able to help you. They may be able to help better explain the rights you may have against those who are responsible for supplying the tainted foods.