Health officials reported Thursday a second Missouri fatality linked to a nationwide outbreak of listeriosis caused by contaminated cantaloupes.
The woman, 84, from southwestern Missouri died of infection; but listeriosis, the illness caused by listeria, was a contributing factor.
In total, six Missouri cases of listeriosis have been reported.
All six people have been hospitalized. In September, health officials reported that a 94-year-old died of listeriosis, also in the southwestern part of the state. One of the six cases in the state was reported in the Department of Health and Senior Services Eastern District, which includes St. Louis.
The cantaloupe was shipped from Colorado between July 29 and September 10. The whole fruit in question had a green and white sticker that reads: Product of USA-Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe; or a gray, yellow and green sticker that reads: Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords. Health officials are urging people with unlabeled cantaloupes to contact the store where they bought the fruit. Schnucks stores carried the cantaloupes.
The outbreak has killed at least 25 people and sickened 123.
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