The first cantaloupe listeria lawsuit was filed today by a Colorado family against Walmart and Jensen Farms, according to Fox 31 Denver News. Contact PritzkerOlsen, P.A., for a free consultation.
The plaintiffs are Charles and Tammy Palmer who live in Colorado Springs, which is located in El Paso County, Colorado. According to their complaint, the Palmers bought a whole cantaloupe, grown by Jensen Farms, from the Walmart store in Colorado Springs. Several days later, Charles Palmer sliced and ate some of the cantaloupe. He became ill on August 30 and his condition quickly worsened. By the morning of August 31, he was non-responsive and transported to a hospital by ambulance, where he remains.
At the hospital, Charles Palmer was diagnosed with listeriosis, which was later determined to be the result of eating cantaloupe tainted with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.
A cantaloupe outbreak of listeriosis has sickened at least 22 people in seven states. Two people, one in New Mexico, one in Colorado have died, according to the Centers for Diseease Control and Prevention (CDC). The confirmed cases are as follows: Colorado (12), Indiana (1), Nebraska (1), New Mexico (4), Oklahoma (1), Texas (2), and West Virginia (1).
Health officials are investigating listeriosis cases in other states including two cases in Montana, one in Gallatin County and one in Yellowstone County, according to the Clark Fork Chronicle.
A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. If you have an illness associated with this outbreak, contact PritzkerOlsen, P. A., for a free case consultation at 1-888-377-8900 (Toll Free) or submit contact information online. The law firm of PritzkerOlsen is one of the nation’s leading law firms in foodborne illness. Their attorneys are experts in listeriosis having been involved with every major listeriosis outbreak in the country.