2nd North Texas Death From Listeria Infection Confirmed

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Officials say a second North Texas resident who became ill from listeria linked to cantaloupes from a Colorado farm has died.

Texas Department of State Health Services spokeswoman Carrie Williams said Tuesday the two deaths are among 14 cases of listeria illnesses in Texas linked to the outbreak.

On Tuesday heath officials in Tarrant County confirmed two listeria cases there – one of which ended in death.

“Unfortunately one of the individuals, who was an elderly person with multiple medical conditions did expire from this disease,” explained Dr. Sandra Parker with Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH). “The other person, who was middle-aged, they were hospitalized, but they have since been released.”

On Monday, Dallas County health officials reported the death of an 89-year-old Dallas County resident ill from listeria linked to the outbreak.

The outbreak has been traced to cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado, which has recalled the tainted produce. Jensen Farms said the recalled Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes were shipped from July 29 through Sept. 10 to more than a dozen states, including Texas.

So far, there have been a total of 14 confirmed listeria cases, connected with the Colorado cantaloupes, in the state of Texas.

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One Comment

  1. Red says:

    Why won’t they remove and burn the fruits so that people don’t continue buying and eating something that is contaminated. What is wrong with you people. The 1st thing you do when something has been confirmed contaminated is remove it from all sshelves in all the same stores. Are you people intentionally trying to kill people off by leaving these fruits out for others to buy?

    1. 2sister says:

      Most stores have probably removed the items once they were recalled.. They don’t just leave it on the shelf. I believe I read an article that one store removed the fruit once it was recalled. I’m sure all other stores are trying to do that, too. The problem is people can buy something before it is recalled and still have it in their house. Also, another load of cantaloupes might be contaminated, but the FDA hasn’t found out and told stores about .

    2. 2sister says:

      Also, I just found out that the incubation period can be long. You can eat something contaminated with the bacteria and not get symptoms for weeks after eating the contaminated food. Some of these people probably ate the fruit before stores were even aware that the fruit was contaminated.

  2. Judge Bill says:

    Why doesn’t the NEWs tell us what stores ae selling the infected cantalopes?

    1. LSAT 180 says:

      Because any stores listed may ADVERTISE with CBS11. Understand?

      There’s also potential for a lawsuit if that store has already removed the bad cantaloupes and replaced them with good ones. If that store chain is listed as carrying the bad cantaloupes and are not, and they lose business, guess who gets sued for damages?

      1. 2sister says:

        Actually, that information has been released. Furthermore, that information could change on a daily basis and so one store might not be on the list one day, but on the list the next day. I read somewhere that Walmart was one of them, and they started removing the cantaloupes as soon as they knew. Also, the information will be listed on the FDA’s recall web site, and so it has very little to do with law suits. I,

  3. CIA HP GRAD says:

    I guarantee you these cases came from not washing the produce. There is no way the bacteria was inside the cantaloupes prior to use. Cross contamination in produce occurs when the outside of the produce contains harmful bacteria, and is not washed prior to preparation. As the knife goes through the rind of the unwashed produce, the blade brings the bacteria with it. It’s food safety 101. WASH ALL OF YOUR RAW FOOD!

    1. 2sister says:

      Actually, in this case washing it might have little to do with it. listeria, is a virus and not a bacteria.. I remember when there was an outbreak in lunch meat and hotdogs. I believe they told people to heat the hotdogs before eating them to make sure they killed the virus. You aren’t going to heat something like cantaloupes.

      1. 2sister says:

        Oops. I’m wrong. It is a bacteria. Also, it can be prevented by washing fruits and vegetable. That doesn’t mean, however, that you want get the virus. That just helps prevent you from getting it.

      2. CIA HP GRAD says:

        “That doesn’t mean, however, that you want get the virus.”

        The virus? Listeria, as we both know (and as you corrected yourself), is a bacteria! WHAT virus? There is no virus in produce! Stop saying VIRUS! What’s your IQ? 15? I’ve read a few of your posts, and you’re in a three-way tie with NiteNurse and Caleb as being the STUPIDEST comment poster on this site!

        Washing it has EVERYTHING to do with it! I graduated with honors from a top culinary academy in the U.S. What’s your food background?

      3. CIA HP GRAD says:

        By the way, we’re talking about PRODUCE here. Washing the rinds and outer area of PRODUCE has everything to do with it. With contaminated hot dogs and ground beef, obviously washing is not going to help, but cooking at high temps (core of the food must be at or over 160 degrees) kills the bacteria.

    2. 2sister says:

      I’m not stupid. I don’t have a low IQ. I just made a mistake.

      I agree that fruit and vegetable should be probably washed. That doesn’t mean, however, that you will get rid of all of the bacteria. It just makes it less likely that the bacteria will be on the food. Also, people often by prepackaged food or eat at restaurants. They could possibly be contaminated by those foods. In fact, one of the recalled products was prepackaged fruit. Furthermore, you don’t wash all raw foods. For example, you don’t wash chicken before cooking it. You should, however, wash anything used on raw chicken or anything that has been touched by the raw chicken ( i .e. knives, counter tops, plates, other utensils. A recent notice that came out said that you shouldn’t wash raw chicken or other raw meats. You kill the germs by cooking it to a certain temperature.

      1. CIA Hyde Park Grad says:

        I read that from the government, and they’ll backtrack on that a year or so from now. Changing policy and procedure keeps those clueless idiots employed. You wash raw chicken to remove the “slime”, then you pat it with a paper towel and throw said towel away. It makes it easier for the salt, pepper, and spices to stick to the meat. The same is done with sashimi. Just make sure all this is done AWAY from other items so as to not cross contaminate. Keep the spices and salt in separate pinch bowls and throw out any remaining contents when finished.

      2. 2sister says:

        It wasn’t just our government that suggested not washing chicken. I read that the UK is also suggesting that you don’t wash chicken. I agree with what you said about not preparing chicken or other meats near where other foods are, but some kitchen’s in homes are really small. We have very small kitchen in our house. You just have to do the best that you can, and sometimes it isn’t possible to completely prepare all foods in different areas of the kitchen

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