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SPREADING 21 Dead From Listeria Outbreak Ed Andrieski / AP Photo

21 Dead From Listeria Outbreak

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.

October 7, 2011 7:01 PM