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The New York Times reports that “at least 13 people in eight states have died after eating cantaloupe contaminated with listeria, in the deadliest outbreak of food borne illness in the United States in more than a decade, public health officials said on Tuesday ... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that since the outbreak began in late July at least 72 people had fallen ill in 18 states.”

According to the story, “Many of the deaths involved elderly people, who are especially susceptible to the aggressive pathogen.”

The cantaloupes were grown by Jensen Farms of Colorado, which has recalled the “Rocky Ford cantaloupes” that were being sold nationwide.
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