The cases of the disease listeriosis-linked to the consumption of contaminated melons-must rise up in October in the United States, warned on Wednesday (28) health authorities in the country.It is expected that more contaminated by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes have symptoms, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).So far, 14 people died and 72 were infected in 18 states.The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes was found in melons contaminated on the farm Jensen Farms, located in the city of Granada, in the state of Colorado.With symptoms similar to influenza, listeriosis can cause muscle aches and fever.The disease is more severe in pregnant women - they may even lose the baby or child may be born with meningitis. According to the CDC, the elderly, newborns and adults with weakened the defenses of the body are also easy targets for infection.
Four different types of bacteria have been detected in up to 18 of the 50 U.S. states since the beginning of the outbreak on August 15. Since the deaths occurred only in the states of Coloroado, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.The farm itself has requested that their products were collected after the agency that regulates drugs and foods in the U.S. (FDA) has identified the source of the outbreak.The type of infected melon is known as Rocky Ford - named after a town in Colorado famous for this variety of fruit. But health officials warn the country that Listeria can grow in other types of melons stored inside or outside the refrigerator.