Cantaloupe Death Toll Rises to 21

    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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    The death toll for the listeria tainted cantaloupes continues to grow. The Centers for Disease Control said 209 people have been sickened and 21 killed by the outbreak, which has affected 23 states. The CDC said the death toll is expected to grow, as listeria symptoms can take up to two months to show up. Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado, recalled the tainted melons earlier this month, but they had already been shipped all over the country. The melon's shelf life is two weeks, so they should be out of stores by now.

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