U.S. listeria outbreak kills 13, infects 72: CDC

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Posted: Sep 27, 2011 8:38 PM

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A listeria outbreak caused by tainted cantaloupes has infected 72 people in the United States and killed 13, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday.

The death toll now exceeds the 2009 salmonella outbreak from tainted peanuts that killed nine and infected more than 700 people in the United States.

So far, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 18 states have reported infections from one of the four strains of listeria involved in the outbreak.

Of the 13 deaths, four were in New Mexico, two were in Colorado, two were in Texas, and there was one each in Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

All of the illnesses started on or after July 31.

(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen)