CDC reports additional listeria death in Colo.

Owner Eric Jensen examines cantaloupe on the Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo., on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. Federal health officials said Wednesday more illnesses and possibly more deaths may be linked to an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe in coming weeks. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a third Colorado death linked to listeria in cantaloupes, bringing the nationwide death toll in the outbreak to as many as 17 people.

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The CDC said Friday that 84 people in 19 states have become ill after eating Colorado cantaloupes. That number includes 15 deaths, the CDC said. Health departments in Wyoming and Kansas have said they are investigating additional deaths that may be connected to the outbreak.

Jensen Farms in Holly, Colo. recalled its cantaloupes Sept. 14 after the farm's melons were linked to the outbreak. CDC officials have said they expect the death toll to rise because the symptoms of listeria can take several weeks to show up.