The firm is investigating whether these deaths are part of the Listeria outbreak linked to Rocky Ford cantaloupe grown by Jensen Farms on its fields in Granada, Colorado.
One of the cases involves the death of a 76-year-old DuPage County, Illinois (US) man. He had eaten cantaloupe every day before he had symptoms of listeriosis. He was diagnosed with listeriosis, hospitalised, and released a few days later. His condition worsened, and he was hospitalised a second time. He died on September 11.
The firm is also representing the family of a woman from New York who died from listeriosis while in the hospital for an unrelated medical condition. During the month that she was in the hospital for the unrelated medical condition, she ate a lot of cantaloupe.
Because she liked fruit, the dietician had put in a special order for a fruit plate two times a day. The fruit plate typically had cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries and grapes. She was to be discharged on August 11 or 12, but symptoms of listeriosis manifested. She died on August 17, the law firm confirmed.
The listeriosis outbreak linked to Jensen Farms cantaloupe has sickened over 50 people in 15 states and continues to grow. To date, the CDC has confirmed the following illnesses and deaths in the US:
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