Fifth NM Death Linked To Tainted Cantaloupes

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health Thursday confirmed a fifth death from the multi-state Listeriosis outbreak linked to Jensen Farms' Rocky Ford cantaloupes. Eight others have been hospitalized with Listeria infection since mid-August.

New Mexico's 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 seven men and six women.

DOH is advising that nobody eat Rocky Ford cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado. If the source is unknown, health officials say the cantaloupe should be put in a plastic bag and then in a sealed trash can.