Tainted cantaloupea appear to be the cause of a deadly outbreak of foodborne illness that has killed at least 13 people and sickened 72 in 18 states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday that the ongoing investigation involving local, state and federal public health and regulatory agencies has linked Colorado-grown whole cantaloupes to the listeria outbreak. According to investigators, however, the source of the contamination has not yet been found.
Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
The number of cases is expected to rise, according to a story in Wired, because the illness involved with this outbreak has an incubation period of two months. The contaminated cantaloupes have also been shipped overseas.