Missouri Becomes a Noted Site of Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak

December 23, 2014 3:51 PM

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Five Missourians have been confirmed as victims of a closely watched Listeria outbreak that state and national health officials have associated with pre-packaged, commercially produced caramel apples. As a leading site for the outbreak — only one other state has had as many cases — the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services is trying to trace where the tainted caramel apples were purchased. Ryan Hobart, a spokesman for the department, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that all of the Missouri Listeria cases were in the eastern or northeastern portion of the state.

Hobart also said one of the state’s case patients died, but that the cause of death was not Listeria poisoning. Among the 28 people in 10 states confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as victims of the caramel apple outbreak, five died and at least 26 were hospitalized. Me...

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