WASHINGTON – At least 13 deaths and 72 illnesses have been linked to an outbreak of listeriosis from Colorado cantaloupes, health officials say, in the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade, BBC News reported. Three other deaths may also be related to the tainted fruit, which are linked to a farm in Holly and have been recalled. Bacteria were also found on equipment and produce at the farm’s packing site.
The FDA is investigating how the contamination may have happened. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns the number of incidents is likely to grow, since symptoms can take four weeks or more to appear.