Johnson Law Group Expects More Infections In 24 State Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak
Listeria May Incubate for Two Months in Those Who Consumed Cantaloupe
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) October 11, 2011
People who ate Jensen FarmsÃ¢ Rocky Ford brand cantaloupe could continue to contract listeriosis into November, according to attorneys at the Johnson Law Group. Though Jensen issued a voluntary recall of its cantaloupe on Sept. 14, listeria bacteria can take up to 2 months to develop into listeriosis after the bacteria is consumed on tainted food. Several elderly victims of this outbreak developed listeriosis symptoms 2 weeks or longer after consuming cantaloupe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 109 people in 24 states have already been infected, and at least 21 people have died as a result, though more could contract listeriosis through mid-November based on the mid-September recall date. Rocky Ford cantaloupe has been recalled from these 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.
In addition, the FDA has announced that True Leaf Farms (owned by Church Brothers) of Salinas, Calif., has recalled its romaine lettuce shipped to 19 states and Canada based on listeria found in a sample randomly checked. No illness has been associated with that recall, but again, it may take up to 2 months for symptoms to appear.
It is imperative that anybody who has consumed Rocky Ford cantaloupe or True Leaf Farms lettuce monitor their health in the coming weeks. Anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms in that time should contact a doctor if they consumed those raw melons or lettuce. Listeria bacteria can be treated with antibiotics, but victims with weakened immune systems can still die despite treatment. Pregnant women are especially at risk from listeria infection Ã¢“ 20 times more likely than the average person to contract it. Pregnant women may experience only mild flu-like symptoms, but the infection leads to miscarriage, still birth or premature birth. Listeriosis is life-threatening to newborns.
People who have contracted listeriosis from this outbreak may want to contact the attorneys at Johnson Law Group, who have wide experience in medical law and lawsuits. Doctor visits, hospital stays and antibiotic treatment combined with loss of work, or even the loss of a loved one, should be compensated. For more information, contact the Johnson Law Group online or by phone toll-free at 1.888.311.5522.
About Johnson Law Group
Johnson Law Group is comprised of experienced personal injury attorneys. The firm offers legal and medical professional investigative skills, expert witnesses, cutting-edge technology, and state-of-the-art techniques for maximum recovery. Nick Johnson leads the Johnson Law Group. He graduated from Duke University and the University of Houston Law Center. Mr. Johnson practices in all areas of personal injury law, with a primary focus on pharmaceutical and asbestos related lung cancer cases.
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