One illnesses in Missouri linked to tainted cantaloupe

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says it has confirmed only one case in Missouri of a person contracting listeria from Colorado-grown cantaloupes.

On Wednesday, the CDC had said it had confirmed two Missouri cases. The lone case in southwest Missouri was a 94-year-old, who has died. Medical officials say listeria contributed to the death but the infection was not the immediate cause of the person’s demise.

The national outbreak has been traced to a Colorado farm that recalled the tainted cantaloupes last week.

State health officials say in a news release that five listeria cases in Missouri have been referred to the CDC for testing. Of the remaining four cases, three did not have the strain associated with the recalled cantaloupe. The remaining case is being tested.

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