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Listeria outbreak claims at least 21 lives

A listeria outbreak caused by contaminated cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado has claimed the lives of 21 people.  The farm issued a recall of the cantaloupes last month.

The recall covered Illinois and 23 other states.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 109 illnesses caused by the cantaloupes.

The listeria bacteria found in the cantaloupes can cause listeriosis.  Most often the bacteria affects those with compromised immune systems and the elderly.

Symptoms of listeriosis — which include fever, headache, muscle pains, and digestive problems — can take up to 2 months to appear.  Officials expect to receive more reports of illness over the next few weeks.

Contact the Champaign personal injury attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000, if you or someone you love has become ill from consuming a recalled food product.

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