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Fri Dec 19, 2014, 09:09 PM

Caramel apple outbreak causes illness, one death in California

Source: Sacramento Bee

A multi-state listeria outbreak has infected 28 people as of Dec. 18, four of whom died from the illness, according to a Friday release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There was one reported case of listeria in California, and that patient died, the California Department of Public Health confirmed. Officials were unable to confirm where the case occurred.

Listeria, a life-threatening infection, is caused by consuming food contaminated with a bacterium called Listeria monocytogenes. It primarily affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults and other people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal problems. Of the 28 people who have come down with the illness, 26 have required hospitalization, according to the CDC. Listeria is treated with antibiotics.

The Food and Drug Administration has linked the current outbreak to the consumption of pre-packaged, caramel-coated apples, and is currently investigating specific brands and types to identify the source of contamination. There are currently no cases linked to the consumption of plain apples or caramel candy. The CDC recommends avoiding any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples, including plain caramel apples as well as those containing nuts, sprinkles, chocolate or other toppings, until further information is provided.


Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/healthy-choices/article4693635.html



BY SAMMY CAIOLA
12/19/2014 3:02 PM 12/19/2014 5:02 PM

Short article. No more at link.

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Eugene Dec 2014 OP
longship Dec 2014 #1
ThingsGottaChange Dec 2014 #3
azurnoir Dec 2014 #4
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potone Dec 2014 #5
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jmowreader Dec 2014 #7

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 10:29 PM

1. No CDC comments yet on fruitcake or... (shudder) lutefisk.

Stay tuned for later CDC advisories, other than our normal cautions that these things are basically inedible.

So, only breatharians should consume them. (The only people whose lives such things will save.) YMMV.

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 01:59 AM

3. UGH

You just had to mention the "L" word, didn't you? I was married (very shortly) to a Norwegian. He couldn't stand it but, his brother couldn't stuff it in fast enough. Luckily, I only had to endure one dinner that included that disgusting blob of unidentifiable matter.

Apologies to blob lovers.

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 07:04 AM

4. Lutefisk stuff's soaked in lye nothin's growing there

but still yuck yuck yuck

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 11:04 PM

2. can't help myself...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 12:05 PM

5. Caramel apple outbreak?

That's a strange title. Shouldn't it be listeria outbreak? The title makes it sound as if caramel apples are rampaging around. What a frightening thought!

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Response to potone (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 05:31 PM

6. Yes, it does. LOL

I can visualize them joining the walking broom created by the sorcerer's apprentice.

Of course, the deaths are not funny. The grammar and syntax used in many of our major newspapers is pathetic and sometimes worthy of a laugh.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 09:01 PM

7. "Caramel apple outbreak" sounds more like a truck wreck than a disease epidemic

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