FDA and CDC held a teleconference for the media on September 28th; however, it was more noteworthy for what information was not provided than for any real news.
FDA – in response to repeated questions – specifically declined to provide a list of retailers who were supplied with the recalled cantaloupes. “I think it’s a lot more accurate,” Dr. Hamburg (FDA Commissioner) explained, “for the consumer to actually ask their retailer in terms of the ability to get that information out and, of course, when you put stuff on the web site, not everybody accesses it. So I think it is an important message that if people are uncertain to ask their retailer.”
Here is a consolidated “State of the States” listing, which summarizes the outbreak status and the recall information for each state.
- Alabama:- One case.
- Alaska:- No cases. None of the cantaloupes were shipped to Alaska.
- Arizona:- No outbreak cases. One cases of Listeria that is unrelated to the outbreak.
- Arkansas:- One case.
- California:- One confirmed case. According to the California Department of Public Health, none of the recalled cantaloupes were distributed in California (FDA’s news releases include California in the distribution list).
- Colorado:- Thirty (32) confirmed cases; 5 deaths.
- Connecticut:- No cases.
- Delaware:- No cases.
- Florida:- One case.
- Georgia:- No cases.
- Hawaii:- No cases. No recalled cantaloupes were shipped to Hawaii.
- Idaho:- One confirmed case – a Jerome County woman in her 60s, who became ill in early September and was hospitalized but has recovered.
- Illinois:- One confirmed case (female in her 80s from Cook County). No additional cases under investigation.
- Indiana:- Two cases. One death.
- Iowa:- One case – a Northwest Iowa woman who was pregnant at the time she became ill and subsequently suffered a miscarriage.
- Kansas:- Seven (7) confirmed cases, including two deaths.
- Kentucky:- No outbreak cases. Three unrelated cases in the state this year.
- Louisiana:- The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is investigating two Listeria deaths – an 87-year-old Baton Rouge woman and and an 81-year old woman in a Shreveport hospital. DHH epidemiologists have determined that the Shreveport woman was infected with a same strain of Listeria monocytogenes that was found in the recalled Jensen Farms cantaloupes. The Baton Rouge Listeria strain is still under investigation.
- Maine:- No cases.
- Maryland:- One case (patient died at the end of August). The victims was a resident of central Maryland, and had eaten cantaloupe. Traceback is continuing, according to the State.
- Massachusetts:- No cases.
- Michigan:- No cases.
- Minnesota:- No cases.
- Mississippi:- No cases.
- Missouri:- Three (3) confirmed case (94-year old individual); one death. The “immediate” cause of death was not a Listeria infection.
- Montana:- One confirmed case in Yellowstone County. One case under investigation in Gallatin County.
- Nebraska:- Six (6) confirmed cases; one death (a man in his 80s from the western part of the state. No additional cases under investigation. The six victims – all of them more than 75 years old – were residents of five different counties: Douglas (2), Gage, Hitchcock, Seward, and Cherry.
- Nevada:- No cases.
- New Hampshire:- No cases.
- New Jersey:- No cases.
- New Mexico:- Thirteen (13) confirmed cases; 5 deaths. According to a Sept 29th news release, the five fatal cases include a 93-year-old man from Bernalillo County, a 61-year-old female from Curry County, a 63-year-old man from Bernalillo County, a 77-year-old man from McKinley County and a 96-year-old female from Lea County. The other New Mexico cases have come from Bernalillo, Chaves, Otero, De Baca, and Valencia counties. The cases range in age from the 43 to 96 and include 7 men and 6 women. No additional cases are under investigation at this time.
- New York:- One case. One fatality. The patient was an elderly woman in Ontario County in western New York State.
- North Carolina:- No cases.
- North Dakota:- One confirmed case – a 60+ year old woman who was hospitalized in early September. The recalled cantaloupes were supplied to Walmart stores in North Dakota.
- Ohio:- No cases.
- Oklahoma:- Eleven (11) confirmed cases, including one death. Outbreak victims are residents of nine different counties: Oklahoma (3), Canadian, Choctaw, Cleveland, Custer, Kay, Love, McCurtain, and Payne. The first Oklahoma patient developed symptoms on August 30th; the most recent on September 15th. The youngest outbreak victim is 61 years old, and the eldest is 96. Nearly three-fourths of the case-patients are male.
- Oregon:- One case.
- Pennsylvania:- No cases.
- Rhode Island:- No cases.
- South Carolina:- No cases.
- South Dakota:- One case.
- Tennessee:- No cases.
- Texas:- Fourteen (16) confirmed cases, including 2 deaths. The investigation continues, but no specific details are being provided on suspect cases.
- Utah:- No cases.
- Vermont:- No cases.
- Virginia:- One case.
- Washington State:- No cases.
- West Virginia:- One case. The recalled cantaloupes were not sold in West Virginia.
- Wisconsin:- Two (2) cases.
- Wyoming:- Three confirmed cases. One death. Illnesses were reported from Laramie and Sheridan counties. Onset dates of illnesses range from August 31st to September 15th.
As of October 7th, CDC and various states are reporting a total of 109 confirmed cases, 21 deaths and one miscarriage.
Many consumers across the US have asked me whether any of the recalled cantaloupes were shipped to their state or carried by their local supermarket. FDA reports that the recalled cantaloupes were distributed to the following 24 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Secondary and tertiary distribution to other states cannot be ruled out. Jensen did not export any of the recalled cantaloupes.
For information on retail distribution of the recalled Jensen Farms cantaloupes, go to: Did Your Supermarket Sell Colorado Cantaloupes?