Caramel apples linked to listeria outbreak and five deaths

December 19, 2014 4:55 PM

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Packaged caramel apples have been linked to five deaths and 26 illnesses in multiple states, including California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Friday.

The caramel apples are believed to be linked to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that causes listeriosis. The infection can cause fever and muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms and in serious cases, death. It is treated with antibiotics.

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