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"Listeria outbreak tied to cantaloupes triggers more recalls, lawsuit"

Associated Press picked up by CBS News | Ryan Jaslow

"(CBS/AP) A deadly Listeria illness outbreak linked to cantaloupes has prompted a recall by Colorado-based cantaloupe producer Jensen Farms - and also a lawsuit.

Tammie Palmer, of Colorado Springs, filed suit against Jensen Farms and Wal-Mart on Thursday, after her 71-year-old husband got sick from eating a contaminated melon on August 31. He's been hospitalized ever since.

'He wasn't able to talk to me for five days,' she said. "When I talked to him, his eyes rolled into the back of his head. It's been a nightmare." Doctors diagnosed Charles with listeriosis, caused by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, the same strain linked to the outbreak."

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