The news of the listeria outbreak has been going on for weeks now but doesn't seem to be improving. According to a report from CBS News, a total of 23 people have died from the listeria outbreak from cantaloupes, making it the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in more than 25 years.
In addition to the 23 who have died from listeriosis, another 116 people from states including 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 have been sickened. This is the biggest listeria outbreak since 1985 when 52 people died from an infected Mexican-style soft cheese. In 1998, 21 people died from tainted processed meats.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the tainted cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado should be off store shelves by now. However, the death toll may continue to grow because listeria symptoms can take up to two months to appear.
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.