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Thursday, October 6, 2011

US : Iowa Woman Miscarries After Listeria Infection From Cantaloupe

Via ABC News, excerpt :

" Iowa health officials said Wednesday a pregnant woman who suffered a miscarriage after contracting listeriosis is the state's first case in the recent listeria outbreak linked to tainted cantaloupes.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) would not identify the woman, other than to say she is an adult between the age of 18 and 40 living in Northwest Iowa. IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said the woman, who has since recovered, had been infected with a strain of listeria monocytogenes that matched the strain detected in cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado -- the place at the center of the investigation into the listeriosis outbreak.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified 100 cases associated with the outbreak in 20 states as of Monday morning, prior to Iowa's inclusion on the list. Nationwide, the case is the third known to have involved women who were pregnant when they fell ill. The CDC reported Tuesday that two other women were pregnant at the time they were infected and that their pregnancies were being monitored."

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