Listeria in caramel apples kills at least 4; cases in 10 states

December 19, 2014 6:55 PM

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Listeria in caramel apples kills at least 4; cases in 10 states

Federal health officials say at least four people have died and more than two dozen have gotten sick from eating pre-packaged caramel apples contaminated with listeria. The food-borne bacteria can cause serious infections, especially in older adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cases have been reported in 10 states. At least 26 people have been hospitalized and five died; listeriosis was confirmed to have contributed to at least four of the deaths.

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