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UPDATE:Contaminated Cantaloupe Cases in Missouri

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says it has confirmed only one case in Missouri of a person contracting listeria from Colorado-grown cantaloupes.

On Wednesday, the CDC had said it had confirmed two Missouri cases. The lone case in southwest Missouri was a 94-year-old, who has died. Medical officials say listeria contributed to the death but the infection was not the immediate cause of the person’s demise.

The national outbreak has been traced to a Colorado farm that recalled the tainted cantaloupes last week.

State health officials say in a news release that five listeria cases in Missouri have been referred to the CDC for testing. Of the remaining four cases, three did not have the strain associated with the recalled cantaloupe. The remaining case is being tested.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

Previously Reported:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX)  - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today notified the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that two confirmed cases of Listeria in southwest Missouri are associated with the national recall of cantaloupe produced by Jensen Farms, of Holly, Colo.

A total of five Listeria cases in Missouri have been referred to the CDC for testing because they were identified during the period associated with the recalled cantaloupe. Of the two cases confirmed Wednesday to the recalled cantaloupe, one individual, age 94, has died, but the cause of death has not been determined at this time. Of the remaining three Listeria cases, two have been identified by the CDC as not of the strain associated with the recalled cantaloupe, while the remaining one case is still being tested by the CDC.

The whole cantaloupe in question were shipped nationwide between July 29 and Sept. 10, 2011. The whole cantaloupe has a green and white sticker that reads: Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe, or a gray, yellow, and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords. If the whole cantaloupe is unlabeled, please contact your retail store for sourcing information. Consumers who may have one of these cantaloupe should throw it away.

State and local health officials across Missouri continue to search for additional contaminated cantaloupe still for sale, but at this point have not found any of the contaminated product still on the shelves.

Related Links:
CDC: 4 dead in cantaloupe listeria outbreak

Death toll in cantaloupe outbreak rises to 8

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