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Listeria Outbreak In 10 States: Caramel Apples To Blame.

There has been a Listeria outbreak in 10 states so far in the United States and officials say that prepackaged caramel apples are to blame. According to a report by CBS St. Louis on Dec. 19, in these 10 states so far, 5 deaths have been reported as well as more than two dozen illnesses. Since caramel apples are most popular during Halloween and since the illnesses and deaths reported started around October of this year, health officials are blaming it all on contaminated prepackaged caramel apples. Also, all ill people said they remember eating caramel apples when they started getting sick.

The states that have been affected by these contaminated caramel apples include Minnesota, California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Missouri, North Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. However, the most illnesses were reported in Wisconsin, Missouri, and New Mexico with 5 illnesses in each state.

According to ABC 7 Chicago, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are trying to figure out which brands are causing the Listeria outbreak which is killing people and making so many others so sick. However, they have yet to determine the brand and are warning people not to eat any caramel apples until they do find out.

Out of the 28 cases they have had so far, 26 people have been hospitalized for Listeria. The ages of those who have gotten sick or have died so far range between 7-years-old to 92-years-old with an average age of 64-years-old. Some of the symptoms of Listeria to be aware of include fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea.

What do you think about this? Do you think caramel apples are to blame for the Listeria outbreak since the people who got sick reported eating them at the time of illness? Sound off with your opinion in the comments section below and let everyone know what you think about this horrible situation. 

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