Listeria outbreak kills 13 Americans

US officials have linked tainted cantaloupes with an outbreak of listeria that has killed at least 13 and infected 72 people, including two pregnant women.

September 29, 2011 11:51

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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, another 72 people are infected with listeria in 18 states, including two pregnant women.

Health officials have traced the source of the outbreak to cantaloupes grown by Jensen Farms in Colorado.

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Such outbreaks are far more common in processed meats and cheeses, and it is not yet clear how listeria bacteria got into the fruit.

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