Australia – Rockmelon Listeria Death Toll Rise to Six

Food Poison Journal catalopue

A NSW woman in her 90s with significant underlying health conditions has passed away from listeriosis taking the number of deaths linked to contaminated rockmelon to six – three people from NSW and three from Victoria.The total number of people affected nationwide remains at 19.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director Communicable Diseases NSW Health said the woman had developed listeriosis before the outbreak was identified.

“There have been no new cases notified associated with the outbreak in NSW since 19 February when it was first identified,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“It is still possible that more cases will be linked to the outbreak given the incubation period for the disease is up to 70 days, however there is no ongoing risk of listeriosis from rockmelons now on sale.

 

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