Nightly News   |  October 13, 2011

Tainted cantaloupe claims more victims

Following this summer’s listeria outbreak, two more people have died, bringing the death toll to 23, and making this the worst case of food-borne illness in 25 years. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: We have a health story in the news tonight, an update on the outbreak of that deadly bacteria linked to cantaloupe. Two more people have died, bringing the death toll to 23 now, making this officially the worst case of foodborne illness in 25 years in this country. Hundred sixteen people in 25 separate states have gotten sick. Health officials say it may not be over since it can take months for symptoms to appear. They say people could have been eating the bad products as far back as July and not know it. Up