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Caramel Apples Linked to Fatal Listeria Outbreak

| December 27, 2014 Comment

Caramel apples linked to fatal listeria outbreak – A sweet treat has turned potentially deadly for dozens of people in multiple states. At least five people have died after eating caramel apples that may have been infected with Listeria monocytogenes.

According to a Food and Drug Administration release, “Listeriosis contributed to three of these deaths and it is unclear whether it contributed to a fourth. The fifth death was unrelated to listeriosis.”

Some 29 people have become infected with the deadly bacterium in 10 different states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the people who have gotten sick, nine were pregnant. Pregnant women are 10 times more likely to get listeriosis after eating infected food. The CDC said of the rest of the cases, three were children who were otherwise healthy.

Symptoms of listeriosis infection include muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, fever, and convulsions. Typically, symptoms begin three to 70 days after eating the tainted food.

Investigators are still trying to determine which specific brands are involved. They are also trying to figure out the source of the infected apples.


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