The ongoing outbreak of listeria linked to cantaloupes has killed 23 people and made 116 ill, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.
“In addition, one woman pregnant at the time of illness had a miscarriage,” the CDC says in its latest report on the outbreak.
The bacteria-contaminated fruit have been traced to one farm, Jensen Farms, in Colorado. The cantaloupe are Rocky Ford brand, a Colorado variety advertised for exceptional sweetness and juiciness.
“Although Jensen Farms issued a voluntary recall of Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes on September 14 and the recalled cantaloupe should be off store shelves, more ill persons may be reported because of the time lag between diagnosis and laboratory confirmation and also because up to 2 months can elapse between eating contaminated food and developing listeriosis,” the CDC says in its update.