Listeria death toll climbs to record level
Illness worst of its kind since 1985, has affected 116 people in multiple states — including IdahoWASHINGTON — An outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe is now linked to 23 deaths, making it the deadliest known outbreak of foodborne illness in the U.S. in more than 25 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 116 people have been sickened in the outbreak, including those who died. The number of deaths has now surpassed a 1998 outbreak of listeria in processed meats that was linked to 21 deaths. A 1985 listeria outbreak in Mexican-style soft cheeses killed 52 people. The tainted Colorado cantaloupes should be off store shelves by now, as they were recalled mid-September and their shelf life is about two weeks. But the number of deaths may continue to grow, as the symptoms of listeria can take up to two months to appear. The CDC Wednesday confirmed two more deaths in Louisiana the state had said it was investigating last week. Other deaths have been reported in Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Colorado and New Mexico reported five deaths each. Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo., recalled the tainted cantaloupes earlier this month after they were linked to the listeria illnesses. The Food and Drug Administration, which is investigating the outbreak, has said state health officials found listeria in cantaloupes taken from Colorado grocery stores and from a victim’s home that were grown at Jensen Farms. Matching strains of the disease were found on equipment and cantaloupe samples at Jensen Farms’ packing facility in Granada, Colo. The company has said it shipped the cantaloupes to about half the states, but added that it wasn’t sure where the cantaloupes went because they have been sold and resold. Thus, many companies may not even know whether they bought or distributed the fruit. The FDA is still investigating the cause of the outbreak. Officials have said they were looking at the farm’s water supply and possible animal intrusions among other things to figure out the source of the problem. Listeria bacteria grow in moist, muddy conditions and often are carried by animals. The CDC has reported illnesses in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Colorado has the most illnesses with 34, while Texas has reported 17, New Mexico 13 and Oklahoma 11.
Okay, now let's take a look at this thing. The Republicans want to end restrictions on farming so there will be more jobs. Do we want less restrictions?
Wall Street protesters are unemployableHave you seen the pictures of those individuals protesting in New York City and around the country? Compare those pictures with the people using the Tea Party label in 2010. These anti-capitalists are the unemployables. (Not a word) They have made choices that make them failures in U.S. society as it is now. They protest for more things to be provided by the successful, who made good choices to take responsibility for themselves and their families. The protesters are encouraged by various organizations that want the present administration to finish their job of destroying the economy of the successful. We support these organizations through grants and outright gifts from the taxpayers through the federal government. Their philosophy and motivation, if not their style of clothing, comes from Saul Alinsky’s book, “Rules for Radicals.” That book was dedicated to Lucifer. Herman Cain in an interview was asked about these protesters. His reply included a statement that he had been raised by parents who encouraged him to not be jealous of anyone but to strive for education and success. He used the phrase “blame yourself” in referring to the protesters. Expect Herman Cain to now be vilified as a terrible man with no principles and no compassion for the poor, and yes, he will be branded as a racist. If the leader of the present administration continues to fall in the polls, and reelection seems impossible, expect these same protesters to start rioting and smashing store windows. Martial law would be in their plan to maintain power. It has happened before. It is ironic that the companies being protested were major contributors to the 2008 presidential campaign of their leader. We are close to being a fascist country. The protesters could well be modern day brown shirts. Read Colossians 2:8 in your Holy Bible. And, of course, this idiot cites the Bible. OMG. Unemployables? What nonsense. This guy has no Idea what's going on on Wall Street. He thinks the the people are unemployable and that's the reason we shouldn't pay attention to their plight. He chooses the Tea Party as being the rational-sane-unaffected and basically Christian employable persons. He doesn't realize a lot of the Tea Partiers are Social Security recipients and are retired and unemployable. God, I hate this kind of rhetoric. I hate people who quote the Bible about secular affairs. It just shows their bigotry and homophobia.