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Death toll from Listeria-tainted cantaloupes rises to 23

October 12, 2011 |  2:42 pm

Cantaloupe
The death toll from the Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes has increased to 23, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

According to the CDC website, 116 people from 25 states have been sickened by the cantaloupes. The fruit,  grown in Colorado and traced to Jensen Farms, was recalled on Sept. 14.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, five deaths had been reported in both Colorado and New Mexico.

Reporting two deaths each was Kansas, Louisiana and Texas. Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma and Wyoming reported one each.

In its advisory, the CDC notes that additional illnesses could yet be reported.

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