'Killer' Cantaloupes Blamed for 13 Deaths

Thirteen people have died so far from contaminated canteloupe.

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There have been 72 reported infections in a total of 18 U.S. states

Reports of illness started on or around August 15.

Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium, is among the most virulent food-borne pathogens.

Cantaloupes grown in Colorado have been linked to a outbreak of listeria monocytogenes that has killed 13 people and infected dozens more, according to US health authorities.

The whole cantaloupes were from Jensen farms which has recalled its Rocky Ford brand of cantaloupes grown in Granada, Colorado, said the Atlanta, Georgia-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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 U.S. states, the CDC added.

The illnesses started on or around August 15, the statement added.

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

The New York Times, called the case the deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in a decade.

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