September 28th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

Tainted cantaloupes linked to 13 deaths, public health agency says

Thirteen people have now died from consuming bacteria-tainted cantaloupe in what has become the deadliest outbreak of a food-borne illness since 1998, according to records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The outbreak - blamed on the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes - was first reported September 12, when the CDC said 15 people in four states had been infected. The illnesses were traced to consumption of Rocky Ford cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms' fields in Granada, Colorado.

As of Monday morning, the latest statistics available, it had grown to 18 states, 72 illnesses and 13 deaths, according to the CDC.

In 1998, 21 people died from consuming tainted hot dogs, according to a CDC database.

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  1. phunk


    September 28, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. phunk


    September 28, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Um, because you need to use the space bar when typing your comment?

    I dislike cantaloupe anyway, we don't even buy it.
    Now honeydew, on the other hand....

    September 28, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      So you agree with Krusty. "Honeydew is the money melon."

      September 28, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u.

      I love honeydews "The Melons"
      Hate honeydews "The List"

      September 28, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. mormon

    This is really sad, but people shouldnt be eating fruits and fresh vegetables anyhow. If they would of been snacking on a double chilli cheeseburger with large fries and strawberry milkshake, none of this would have happened. Thats what we do in Utah. We dont allow those gross fresh vegetables around here.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |

    CNN is really a PR firm. wheres the reporting on the macondo well that is leaking? How about reporting on the NY protest or about how police officers are joining citizens who are fed up with the lies and the coverups. Run that on a loop all day instead reporting on it for 5 secs and or only including relevant updates on the crawl. What a bunch of cowards. I hope you all the PR reps at CNN and MSN and Fox get what they deserve. Natzi Coward mouthpieces. Lets talk about DWTS or Michael Jackson. What a crock. How do you sleep at night?

    September 28, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u.

    Yeah, but when you're snacking on the chili cheeseburger, mad cow disease kicks back in.

    Solution : Grow your own produce. Yes this can be done even in the big cities.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      In some large Asian cities, you not only grow some of your own produce, but you've probably got a chicken in a cage on the apartment bacony. If you are lucky enough to have a yard, you've probably got a pig or two.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u.

      You're absolutely right Bimbo. What always got to me was their meat shops. You walk down the streets and they have their poultry and what not hanging in the 90 degree plus temps. It was strange to me at first, seeing these whole birds, minus the feathers of course, hanging out like that. Then once I learned of their custom of letting their meat "cure", and actually tasted the local cuisine, Man, you talk about some tounge slapping your brains out trying to get to it good food. It totally made me a believer.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. phunk


    September 28, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Well, if *Krusty* said it...

    Weird. I use a blackberry also.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    Hmm I might get luckey my wife hmm beast is vegatarian

    September 28, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    @bobcat btbc banasy top o the mornin @phunk there is a space button on your phone when you finish a word hit it

    September 28, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat2u.

    Hey gung hoe. How are you on this fine hump day morning ?

    September 28, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. ECoalEyeMan


    September 28, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Ya but some of the best food ever had was in korea

    September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u.

      I totally agree with you on that. The koralbi was fantastic. The winter kimchi would warm your soul and everything in between. And wash it down with a large mug of mochlai.

      Ahh, good memories.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      If you find yourself in the Philippines, you want lechon manok (barbeque chicken). I have no idea what condition the chicken is kept in before they cook it, but it is thoroughly cooked. Great stuff.

      September 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    Hey bobcat ya your missin some fine fall weather

    September 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u.

    @gung hoe

    Please, please send some down this way. It's still like summer down here.
    They say we're supposed to have some cooler weather by this weekend.
    Well, I'm a long ways south of Missouri, but I still have to say SHOW ME.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
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