Cantaloupe Crisis: One-Third of Michigan Gone

Once again, cantaloupes are causing a meloncholy feeling at the CDC, which used to be called the “Center for Disease Control.”  (It got pluralized, and various tweaks were made because “control” was considered too late. It wound up as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which of course abbreviates to CDC.)

The last cantaloupe scare was in July — and cantaloupes killed some 30 people in the US during the outbreak last year.  One curiosity is that in July, the farm at the center of it all (which was apparently not an organic farm) was announced immediately. The CDC got the type of cantaloupe wrong, and misstated other facts, but they pointed to the “unsanitary” condition of the farm involved, claiming that they were shipping out cantaloupes in used sweet potato cases. They weren’t.

It does not seem that anyone died … nor is it clear to me that anyone actually got sick. The disease was detected, according to one article, at a grocery store.

Last year, a different issue with cantaloupes started in July, killed 30 people (plus one unborn) and sickened at least 140 people.  Here’s the report on that
The new outbreak is not yet as deadly — two people dead as of this writing. It can, and likely will, get worse. But there is an interesting effect: The farm may be organic (as are most of the major disease outbreak sources) — and in those cases, the US government is reulctant to admit that fact.  Last year, we knew the farm and it was identified in a press release within a couple of days. This time, they’ve indicated that they know which farm it likely is, but won’t say more.

But now, finally, the reason for the title. The good folks at CDC seem not to know what Michigan looks like. Look at this map, where they have shaded in each affected state:

Bad Cantaloupes Wipe Out Upper Penninsula in this CDC image.

Those of you in the UP — Yoopers, we hardly knew ya.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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