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28 September 2011

Killer melons leave 13 dead

Melons grown in the US state of Colorado have been linked to an outbreak of listeria monocytogenes that has killed 13 people and infected dozens more, US health authorities said.

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Melons grown in the US state of Colorado have been linked to an outbreak of listeria monocytogenes that has killed 13 people and infected dozens more, US health authorities said.

The whole melons were from Jensen farms in the western US state which has recalled its Rocky Ford brand of melons grown in Granada, Colorado, said the Atlanta, Georgia-based US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Several deaths

To date, deaths have been reported across much of the country in the case: two in Colorado; one in Kansas, one in Maryland, one in Missouri, one in Nebraska, four in New Mexico, one in Oklahoma and two in Texas, the CDC said in a statement.

They were among the total 72 reported infections in a total of 18 US states, the CDC added.

Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium, is an agent that causes listeriosis, and is among the most virulent food-borne pathogens.

(Sapa, September 2011) 

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