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Oct. 10, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

NW MO Tainted Cantaloupe

For the second time, a northwest Missourian has become infected with listeria from tainted cantaloupe.

The confirmation comes from the state Department of Health, which says the federal center for disease control confirmed the case and tied it to the national recall fo cantaloupe produced by a Colorado farm. A total 4 cases in Missouri have been confirmed, with 2 victims in northwest Missouri, one from eastern Missouri and one in the southwest. The Department won't identify specifically which communities they were in although it says all four people have been hospitalized, and one, an unidentified 94 year old has died. The cantaloupe tainted with the bacteria are from Jensen Farms of Holly Colorado. They are labeled with a green and White Sticker that reads "Frontera Produce - Colorado Fresh Rocky Ford Cantaloupe" or with a small gray yellow and green sticker that reads "Jensen Farms Sweet Rocky Fords". Both state and local officials across Missouri continue searching for additional contaminated cantaloupe but at this point say they haven't found any for sale on store shelves.