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Cantaloupes Recalled For Bacterial Infection Threat

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Some cantaloupes that were shipped from Colorado to Illinois and at least 16 other states are being recalled.

As WBBM Newsradio's Dave Marsett reports, the cantaloupes from the Rocky Ford growing region in southern Colorado, and have been linked to an outbreak of the bacterial infection listeriosis.

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Twenty-two have gotten sick after eating the cantaloupes, including one in Indiana, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No one in Illinois has been infected.

Listeriosis is caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, and causes fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal symptoms. It can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, newborns and older adults.

The CDC says the cantaloupes are known were grown on the Jensen Farms in Granada, Colo.

The company is voluntarily recalling the cantaloupes, which were shipped from the Rocky Ford growing region of southern Colorado between July 29 and September 10, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Affected cantaloupes may be labeled "Colorado Grown, Distributed by Frontera Produce, USA, Pesticide Free,, Sweet Rocky Fords" but not all recalled cantaloupes are labeled with a sticker, according to the FDA.

Consumers are urged to throw out the cantaloupes in a sealed container so that children, animals and wildlife can't eat them, according to the FDA.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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