First Case of Cantaloupe-Related Listeria Identified in El Paso
POSTED: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 5:20pm
EL PASO- The City of El Paso Department of Public Health announced today that an 80-year-old woman has contracted a strain of Listeriosis that is part of the recent outbreak.
The disease is affecting residents in at least ten states including Texas and New Mexico. It is believed that the local woman is one of approximately 35 people across the country who contracted the disease by eating contaminated cantaloupe.
Meanwhile, local Health Department officials continue to urge anyone who has a cantaloupe from Jensen farms to dispose of it in a closed plastic bag inside a sealed trash can. This will prevent people or animals from eating it. Cantaloupes included in the recall can be identified with either a green and white sticker that reads: Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords.