JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A 5th case of the deadly bacterial infection Listeriosis has been reported in Missouri.
The state Department of Health and Senior Services says it was notified of the confirmation Wednesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The latest case is the third to be confirmed in Missouri’s northwestern district. The others occurred in eastern and southwestern Missouri.
All five of the people were sickened by eating infected cantaloupe. The national outbreak of the disease has been associated with Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupe from Jensen Farms of Granada, Colo.
One of those was a 94-year-old who later died, but medical officials determined the death was not caused by listeria bacteria.
Most healthy adults can consume listeria with no ill effects. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal problems.
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