5 Dead, 21 Hospitalized in Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak
Listeria-Related Illnesses Reported Across 10 States
Medscape reports that a total of 28 people have reported illnesses from across 10 states after eating commercially-produced, prepackaged caramel apples.
Regulatory authorities have not yet determined the source or cause of contamination, but are currently conducting an investigation to determine what specific products may be at risk.
The Minnesota Department of Health reported that those who contracted listeriosis in the state had purchased apples from Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, and Mike’s Discount Foods. The locations carried Carnival brand and Kitchen Craving bran caramel apples – both brands have been removed from market.
Of the 28 infected, 21 had to be hospitalized. Five of the hospitalized patients died from their illnesses. Nine of the illnesses were pregnancy related.
- According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listeriosis is an infection caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.
- Listeriosis is most often marked by headache, confusion, convulsions, and fever.
- Listeriosis is most common in older adults, children, and people with weakened immune systems.
- Pregnant women are also susceptible to infection which can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, and life-threatening infection of the newborn.