Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Steer Clear of Rocky Ford Cantaloupe

Remember the other day when I told you that the FDA had added warnings about the bacteria Legionella and Listeria to labels on TNF-blockers (Enbrel, Remicade, Humira)? Well here's a reason to be extra careful if you are taking TNF-blockers: it turns out that there is currently an outbreak of Listeria in Colorado.

According to the Center for Disease Control website, a total of 15 people have been infected in 4 states - 1 in Nebraska, 1 in Oklahoma, 2 in Texas, and 11 in Colorado.  The CDC has linked this outbreak to cantaloupes marketed as coming from the Rocky Ford region of Colorado. So, if you've got a compromised immune system, it's probably a good idea to steer clear of the Rocky Ford cantaloupe! King Soopers, Safeway, and Whole Foods have already removed the cantaloupes from their stores in the region.

If you've already been eating cantaloupe and you get chills, fever, muscle aches, or neck pain in the next few months you should head to your doctor right away! And that concludes my public service announcement!

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