Attack of the Killer Cantaloupes

From Times UK

Cantaloupes infected with listeria have sparked the deadliest US foodborne disease outbreak in more than a decade and are likely to claim more victims in the weeks ahead, officials have warned.

5:27PM BST 29 Sep 2011

Thirteen people have died and 72 have fallen ill after eating cantaloup from Colorado-based Jensen Farms in the first-ever outbreak of the pathogen in whole melons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Four distinct strains of listeria monocytogenes – a bacterium that causes listeriosis and is among the most virulent foodborne pathogens – have been traced to Jensen Farms, which issued a recall in mid-September

Four distinct strains? That sounds unusual to me.

CDC is warning that due to the long incubation period of the disease, the situation is very likely to get worse in the weeks to come.

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