Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Rocky Ford Cantaloupes from Jensen Farms
Persons infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes, by date of illness onset*
Onset data not currently available for all persons with reported illness.
*n=31 for whom information on illness onset was reported as of September 19, 2011
Among persons for whom information is available, illnesses began on or after August 4, 2011. Ages range from 35 to 96 years, with a median age of 81 years old. Most ill persons are over 60 years old or have health conditions that weaken the immune system. Sixty-five percent of ill persons are female. Among the 28 ill persons with available information on whether they were hospitalized, all were hospitalized. Four deaths have been reported, one in Colorado, one in Oklahoma, and two in New Mexico.
The outbreak can be visually described with a chart showing the number of persons who became ill each day. This chart is called an epidemic curve or epi curve. Illnesses that occurred after August 28, 2011, might not be reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. Please see the description of the steps in a foodborne outbreak investigation for more details.