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CDC: 84 Infected, 15 Dead From Listeria Outbreak

New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the recent listeria outbreak in 19 states has killed 15 people and sickened 84.

Infections have occurred in the following states: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1) California (1), Colorado (17), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Kansas (5), Maryland (1), Missouri (3), Montana (1), Nebraska (6), New Mexico (13), North Dakota (1), Oklahoma (11), Texas (14), Virginia (1), West Virginia (1), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (2). 

Deaths have occurred in the following states: 3 in Colorado, 1 in Kansas, 1 in Maryland, 1 in Missouri, 1 in Nebraska, 5 in New Mexico, 1 in Oklahoma, and 2 in Texas.

A California company said it was recalling 90 cartons of chopped romaine lettuce that was shipped to Oregon and then further distributed to Idaho, Washington and perhaps elsewhere after the Food and Drug Administration found listeria in a sample.

True Leaf Farms said there have been no illnesses linked to the lettuce.

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Listeria is very dangerous and is the bacteria behind an ongoing outbreak that has sickened and killed people in several states who ate contaminated cantaloupes that were produced in Colorado.

"We are fully cooperating with the FDA, and we are contacting all of our customers to ensure prompt removal of any product potentially associated with the recall," a True Leaf Farms spokesman said Friday.

"We are committed to conducting this recall quickly and efficiently to reduce any risk to public health."

The company warned consumers not to eat the recalled lettuce and said it should be returned or destroyed.

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