Making it the deadliest food-borne illness outbreak in nearly a decade, health officials are now blaming the listeria outbreak linked to tainted cantaloupes in Colorado for the deaths of as many as 16 people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 72 illness and 13 deaths have been reported so far, with three new deaths that may be connected.
The confirmed deaths are from Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas. Up until this listeria outbreak, the largest and deadliest food-borne illness outbreak had been nine deaths that were linked to an outbreak of salmonella in peanuts almost three years ago.
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