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Chapter 14: Jensen Farm, Listeria, and Cantaloupe
Fruit is supposed to be good for people's health. A common fruit people eat in the summer and fall is cantaloupe. Cantaloupe is orange, juicy, and sweet. In the fall of 2011, some cantaloupe in the United States were also deadly. On September 2, 2011, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) informed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal office charged with public health safety, that it was investigating seven cases of listeriosis (Listeria). On September 6, the CDC's PulseNet identified the same listeriosis strain in patients from two other states. PulseNet is a network of public health laboratories that identify the DNA “fingerprints” of food-borne disease-causing bacteria.