NEW MEXICO- The New Mexico Department of Health has identified the possible source of a Listeriosis outbreak as a contaminated batch of cantaloupes.
The Rocky Ford cantaloupes, which are grown in the Rocky Ford region of southeastern Colorado, were harvested in August and September, distributed widely in the United States, and are currently available in grocery stores.
While the FDA has identified a potential source of contamination of the cantaloupe, there have been no recalls issued at this point. New Mexico Environmental Health Bureau inspectors continue to collect cantaloupe samples from various grocery stores and distributors across the state for laboratory analysis.
Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The disease primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and newborns. Rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected.
A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has "invasive" infection, in which the bacteria spread from the intestines to the blood stream or other body sites.