Missouri has 5th confirmed case of listeriosis

Missouri has 5th confirmed case of listeriosis

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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2011, file photo, cantaloupes rot in the afternoon heat on a field on the Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo. Pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment at the farm's cantaloupe-packing facility were probably to blame for the deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. Government investigators found positive samples of listeria bacteria on equipment in the Jensen Farms packing facility and on fruit that had been held there. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

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Posted on October 19, 2011 at 7:31 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A fifth case of listeriosis in Missouri has been linked to contaminated cantaloupe from Colorado.
  
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 sickened by the cantaloupe were hospitalized. 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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