The Food and Drug Administration US works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health agencies of the State to investigate a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis.
At least 15 people infected with the epidemic strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported in Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
Public health officials have interviewed local and state the majority of patients, and found that the vast majority of them spent the whole melon, probably sold in Rocky Ford, a booming business in Colorado.
The investigators of the FDA and state health officials seeking to quickly determine where the contamination of the supply chain is likely occurred and where the potentially contaminated product could be distributed.
Both the FDA and public health officials of state gathered in product and environmental samples. Laboratory tests are underway.
Listeriosis is a rare and serious disease caused by ingestion of food contaminated with bacteria called Listeria. People who think they may have become ill should see their doctor.
A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis have "invasive" infections, where bacteria spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract.
Listeriosis can be fatal, especially in certain high-risk groups. These groups include elderly people who have a weakened immune system, and some chronic diseases (eg cancer). Pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and serious illness or death of the newborn, even if the mother seldom becomes seriously ill.
Since the FDA's investigation continues, the Office sends updates as warranted.