Listeria outbreak: Sixth person dies in NSW

Fruit at Sydney Markets - rockmelonA woman in her nineties from New South Wales has become the sixth person to die from a listeria outbreak linked to contaminated rockmelon.

Three people from New South Wales and three from Victoria have fallen victim to the disease so far.

What is listeria?
Listeria is a serious and sometimes fatal bacterial infection.
Symptoms can include fever, headaches, cramps, aches and pains, nausea and diarrhoea
It can be fatal in newborns, elderly people and people with a weakened immune system
The total number of people affected nationwide remains at 19.

The woman, who had significant underlying health conditions, developed listeriosis before the outbreak was identified.

“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,” NSW Health said.

However, there have been no new cases of the disease since the outbreak was identified on February 19.

via Listeria outbreak: Sixth person dies in NSW – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)