Sep 9, 2011 4:26 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Cantaloupe likely source of listeria outbreak

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's state health department has identified cantaloupe as the likely source of a multi-state listeria outbreak that has sickened at least nine people in the state.

Two people have died after being infected with listeria in Colorado but only one of the deaths has been linked to a multi-state investigation focused on cantaloupe.

The department said the investigation includes two potentially-related cases in Texas and one in Nebraska.

Colorado's chief medical officer, Chris Urbina, says authorities don't know the source of the cantaloupe involved. He says people at high risk for listeria infections - including pregnant women and those over 60 - should avoid eating cantaloupe. He says they should also avoid food more commonly associated with infection, such as deli meats and cheeses made with unpasteurized milk.


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