Listeria Outbreak Death Toll Up to 28

The bad news associated with the recent listeria outbreak in cantaloupes just keeps coming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the death toll has risen to 28. 

Although the whole or pre-cut Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupe from Colorado-based Jensen Farms has been off grocery store shelves for weeks, CDC officials say that the death toll keeps rising because listeria has a long incubation period with symptoms sometimes not showing up for two months.

A total of 133 people in 26 states have fallen ill so far in the outbreak, and one pregnant woman had a miscarriage due to listeria as well, according to Fox News. This is the deadliest known food-borne listeria outbreak in the United States since 1985 when a listeria-contaminated Mexican-style soft cheese killed 18 adults and 10 newborns, and caused 20 miscarriages.

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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.

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