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Health official issues Colorado cantaloupe warning

TBO.com The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Colorado health department officials are warning people at high risk not to eat cantaloupe from Rocky Ford because of a listeriosis outbreak blamed for four deaths in Colorado and New Mexico.

Health director Chris Urbina says the department is expecting additional test results later this week that might help identify the specific source of the cantaloupe. Rocky Ford is a major supplier of cantaloupe in the region and farmers in southeast Colorado depend heavily on the crop.

Urbina says people who are at high risk for listeriosis include people age 60 and older, those with weakened immune systems from transplants and people with chronic diseases.

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