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Illinois state and local health officials are investigating an outbreak of a serious infection that has caused two deaths. It appears to have been caused by eating a kind of cantaloupe grown in Colorado which was shipped to Illinois and 16 other states.
The Illinois Department of Health declares that at least 20 people across the U.S. have become ill, including two who have died, after eating cantaloupes contaminated with a bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes. The health department says there have been unconfirmed reports of possible Listeria cases in Illinois.
The confirmed cases across the country have been linked to ”Rocky Ford cantaloupes” shipped by Jensen Farms in Colorado.
The health department is investigating in conjunction with the Centers of Disease Control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and local Illinois health departments.
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