Tainted cantaloupe leads to deadliest listeria outbreak in a decade
September 28th, 2011
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An outbreak of illness linked to consumption of tainted cantaloupes has been linked to 13 deaths and 72 illnesses in 18 states, a federal disease agency reported Wednesday.

The outbreak - blamed on the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes - was first reported September 12, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 15 people in four states had been infected. The illnesses were traced to consumption of Rocky Ford cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms' fields in Granada, Colorado.

The deaths reported as of Tuesday morning occurred in Colorado (two), Kansas (one), Maryland (one), Missouri (one), Nebraska (one), New Mexico (four), Oklahoma (one), and Texas (two).

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  1. Dutch

    Rule of thumb: Never eat cantaloupe too close to "taint."

    September 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  2. Helen Back

    Won't hurt me. Can't stand those things.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:51 am | Reply

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