Texas Health Officials Confirm Four Listeria Cases

Texas Health Officials Confirm Four Listeria Cases

Staff Report
Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - Texas health officials say four people have contracted a food poisoning known as listeria in an outbreak linked to prepackaged caramel apples.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced the illness was confirmed in at least 10 states, including Texas.

CDC officials say the outbreak has been linked to five deaths and more than two dozen people getting sick. Minnesota reported two deaths. The CDC didn't immediately say where the other deaths happened.

The Texas Department of State Health Services on Friday said four people have gotten sick. The agency had no immediate details on where the Texas listeria cases occurred or the status of those patients.

Consumers are being warned not to eat prepackaged caramel apples amid the search for the source of the contamination.