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Maryland probes death linked to tainted cantaloupe

Maryland health officials are investigating whether cantaloupe linked to an outbreak of listeria made it into the state, after a Marylander was among eight people nationwide who died from eating tainted produce.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Thursday that the central Maryland resident ate the melon before falling ill and dying last month, before the recall. No other illnesses have been reported in the state.

Dr. Clifford Mitchell, the department’s assistant director for environmental health food protection, says so far officials don’t have any indication that recalled Colorado-grown cantaloupe made it to Maryland, but they are reaching out to distributors to make sure they know about the recall. He said investigators are looking at locations in Maryland where the tainted food may have been purchased.