Health officials: US listeria outbreak kills 13, infects 72

By REUTERS
September 28, 2011 03:32

 
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CHICAGO - A listeria outbreak caused by tainted cantaloupes has infected 72 people in the United States and killed 13, US health officials said on Tuesday.

The death toll now exceeds the 2009 salmonella outbreak from tainted peanuts that killed nine and infected more than 700 people in the United States.

So far, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 18 states have reported infections from one of the four strains of listeria involved in the outbreak.

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