"Watch out for killer cantaloupes!" (photo courtesy of Jim White)

Pouting Baby is talking to us again. — JW

My Mommy tries to get me to eat cantaloupe but I hate it. It’s the same color as yummy sweet potatoes, but it tastes nasty. Now it looks like I have a reason not to eat cantaloupe:

Cases of illness in the U.S. listeria outbreak linked to tainted cantaloupes — already the deadliest in a decade — likely will rise in the next month as more people who have been infected with the bacteria begin to develop symptoms, health officials said on Wednesday.

To date, 13 people have died and 72 people have been infected in the outbreak in 18 states, including two pregnant women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Unlike E. coli and salmonella, two common causes of foodborne disease, listeria bacteria can cause illness as long as two months after a person has consumed contaminated food, making these outbreaks especially vexing.

That’s pretty scary. Thirteen people have already died, but since it can take so long to get sick after eating the bad cantaloupes, the doctors think there will still be people getting sick from them for another month. And even though they’ve stopped letting the farm in Colorado where they came from ship out more bad stuff, the germs that make you sick can even grow in the refrigerator, so if there are still bad cantaloupes in peoples’ refrigerators, they are getting even more dangerous every day.

Now when Mommy tries to get me to eat cantaloupe, I can just tell her I don’t want to die. I wonder if the same germs grow on lima beans…

Oh, one more thing. Why is everybody in Boston crying today? None of the bad cantaloupes are there, but everyone in Boston suddenly got really sad late last night.

Jim White

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