21 Dead From Listeria Outbreak

    An operator of a fruit and vegetable stand near Denver holds a California-grown cantaloupe for sale at her business on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Federal and state officials have isolated a deadly outbreak of listeria to one cantaloupe farm near Holly, Colo. They have ordered a recall of 300,000 cases of melons grown on the Jensen Farms. Only California-grown cantaloupe could be found in Denver markets. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    Twenty-one people have died in the nationwide listeria outbreak from bacteria traced to contaminated cantaloupes grown in Colorado. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported new deaths in New York and Indiana on Friday, adding that the bad melon is responsible for 109 illnesses across 23 states. The last time listeria claimed so many lives was in 1998, when it was linked to hot dogs and deli meats made by a Sara Lee subsidiary.

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