Melon food-borne illness outbreak deadliest in 25 years

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Posted: Oct 25, 2011 6:38 PM
Melon food-borne illness outbreak deadliest in 25 years

(Reuters) - The death toll linked to listeria-contaminated cantaloupes in the United States has climbed to 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.

Whole or pre-cut Rock Ford-brand cantaloupe from Colorado-based Jensen Farms have been traced as the cause of what has become the deadliest U.S. outbreak of food-borne illness in 25 years.

A total of 133 people in 26 states have fallen ill in the outbreak. CDC also said that one woman, who was pregnant at the time she got infected, had a miscarriage.

(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein and Greg McCune)