Few details released about Utah listeria case

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 19, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Health officials are releasing few details about a Utah case of the bacterial illness listeria that appears to be part of a multi-state outbreak linked to prepackaged caramel apples.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's aware of four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states from Oct. 17 to Nov. 27.

Utah Department of Health epidemiologist Cindy Burnett says the Utah case is not one of the fatal cases and involves a female between the ages of 18 and 65.

Health officials are still investigating if the Utah woman ate caramel apples before getting sick.

Officials are have not determined which brands of caramel apples are involved.

Listeria is a foodborne illness that can be especially dangerous to newborns and the elderly.

Symptoms include fever, nausea and diarrhea.

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