The number of deaths linked to cantaloupes contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria has risen to 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
At least 109 cases of listeria have been reported in 24 states, the agency said. That's nine more cases and four more states than it reported Tuesday. The number of deaths has risen by three.
Health officials have said the number of cases could continue to grow, citing reporting lags and the fact the disease can develop slowly in some people, taking up to two months.
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