A further five people have died from the cantaloupe listeria outbreak in the US, bringing the total dead to 28.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday (26 October) provided an update on the outbreak, which originates from cantaloupes sold under Jensen Farms' Rocky Ford.

The US government agency also reported that 133 people had been infected with the four strains of listeria monocytogenes, up from 116 in the last update on 11 October.

One pregnant woman had a miscarriage after becoming ill, the CDC added.

The affected cantaloupes should no longer be on sale but more illnesses could emerge as up to two months can elapse between eating contaminated food and developing listeriosis.