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21 Deaths From Cantaloupe-Linked Listeria Outbreak: CDC
Date:10/7/2011

acteria into the part that you eat," Alcabes explained.

But animals can also carry the organism and pass it on to humans through meats, dairy products and other foods of animal origins. Most listeria outbreaks are from animal products, not produce, the CDC said.

"Your grandmother told you to wash fruits and vegetables. It's probably not bad advice," Alcabes said.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on listeria.

SOURCES: Oct. 7, 2011, news release, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Sept. 28, 2011, news conference with Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Margaret Hamburg, M.D., commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and Philip Alcabes, Ph.D., professor, School of Public Health, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York City; Wall Street Journal, CBS News; Associated Press


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