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Donna Kay Wells Lloyd and her brother Clarence William Wells look out the window as photographs of their father, Clarence Wells, are displayed Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 in Catonsville, Md. Donna Kay Wells Lloyd says her father, Clarence Wells, died Aug. 31 and health officials later told the family that he had the same Listeria strain as the nationwide outbreak traced to Colorado cantaloupe.

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For Listeria victims, sudden turns for the worse

Charles Palmer is a hardy 71-year-old former Marine and Vietnam veteran who trains cockatiels to say "Semper Fi" and "Whatcha doin', man?" The Colorado Springs man ate a cantaloupe that was purchased in mid-August, his wife said. Within several days, he was overcome by an excruciating headache. The next morning he was extremely weak and gripped by dry heaves, his wife recalled.

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