CDC: Death Toll Rises to 18 From Listeria Tainted Cantaloupe

By Brandon Benavides
|  Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011  |  Updated 4:24 PM EDT
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Tainted Cantaloupe Death Toll Reaches 18

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that cantaloupe from Jensen Farms of Holly, Colo., have the bacterium listeria.

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Federal health officials report 18 people, including a Maryland man, have died from an outbreak of listeria connected to tainted cantaloupe.

The centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm 100 illnesses in 20 states including Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
 
The latest deaths happened in Colorado and Kansas. The death toll may continue to rise.
 
Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo., recalled its cantaloupes Sept. 14 after the farm's melons were traced to the listeria illnesses.
 
A Maryland woman is suing the farm and a Texas distributor, saying her 87-year-old father died from listeria.

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