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Kansas to be added to States with Cantaloupe Listeria Illnesses and Deaths

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has received word that the five isolates sent to CDC do match the Listeria multistate outbreak. KDHE anticipates the addition of Kansas on the CDC updated report, as a state matching the ongoing multistate outbreak.

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Kansas has eight cases of listeriosis reported since Aug. 26, with 5 cases now matching the multistate outbreak. Two of these eight patients have died and the causes of death are being investigated. Typically, Kansas reports fewer than six cases of listeriosis per year; to date, there have been ten cases in 2011, including the eight cases currently under investigation.