2nd listeria death in Colo. linked to cantaloupe

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Posted: Sep 20, 2011 11:46 PM
2nd listeria death in Colo. linked to cantaloupe

Health officials say a second person has died in Colorado in a listeria outbreak traced to Colorado cantaloupes.

Mark Salley of the Colorado Department of Public Health said Tuesday the state now is reporting 14 confirmed cases of listeria connected to the outbreak to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Colorado previously reported 12 cases, including one death.

The CDC said Monday that 35 people in 10 states have been sickened in the outbreak so far.

The illnesses have been traced to fruit from Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo. Jensen Farms recalled its Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes last week.

Spokeswoman Amy Philpott says Jensen Farms is "deeply saddened" that its cantaloupes were linked to the outbreak. She says the company is working with an independent food safety expert to determine where on the farm the problem originated and how to address it.

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Listeria symptoms include fever and muscle aches, often with other gastrointestinal symptoms.