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Recalled cantaloupes linked to listeria-related deaths, illnesses

By Lauren Callahan

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The recall already happened, but a lot of people are still on edge over cantaloupes.

Sixteen deaths have been confirmed, including two in Texas, believed to be from listeria linked to cantaloupes that came from Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado.    

The cantaloupes were recalled two weeks ago, but some people are still getting sick.    

That's because the bacteria—bacteria you consume naturally in food every day—can linger in your system for as long as a month. 

Symptoms of a listeria-borne illness include fever, body aches, and diarrhea. Newborns and infants, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with lowered immune systems are at the greatest risk.

To keep from getting sick, be careful when you prepare your food.

Wash your hands in warm water for at least fifteen seconds beforehand and thoroughly wash the exterior of the food you're preparing.

All cantaloupes that came from Jensen Farms were recalled from grocery stores on September 14.

 

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