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Okla. Officials Say 11 Listeria Cases Confirmed (Sep 28, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Department of Health says 11 cases of listeriosis related to tainted cantaloupe from a Colorado farm have been confirmed in the state.

Officials said Wednesday that at least one Oklahoman has died in connection with the nationwide outbreak. Attorneys representing the victim's family have identified him as a Canadian County resident.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths, are linked to the tainted fruit.

Listeria generally only sickens the elderly, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems.

The outbreak has been traced to Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo., which recalled the cantaloupes earlier this month. The Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes were shipped from July 29 through Sept. 10 to Oklahoma and other states.


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