The death toll from the recent listeria outbreak tied to cantaloupes has grown again. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 25 people have died due to the listeria outbreak (up from 23 just last week) and a total of 123 people have been sickened (up from 116 people).
Affecting people in 12 states — Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming — health officials at the CDC warn that the numbers may continue to rise through the holiday season. Although the tainted cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado are off of store shelves, listeria symptoms can take up to two months to appear.
Scary stuff! Read up on listeria and how to stay safe here.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.