September 29, 2011

Listeria-Laced Cantaloupe: 6 Things You Need to Know

Alice Park, Time


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Cantaloupes contaminated with listeria have triggered the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in the U.S. in 10 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported on Tuesday.

So far, 72 people in 18 states have become ill after eating the tainted fruit, reporting fever, muscle aches and diarrhea. Thirteen people have died from the infection, but that number could rise with forthcoming test results by state health departments.

The bacteria has been traced to cantaloupes grown by Jensen Farms in Colorado, and the fruit has been shipped around the country. Here's some basic information on the bug...

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TAGGED: FDA, CDC, Food-borne Illness, Cantaloupe, Listeria

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