No Cases of Listeria Illness Reported in the Valley

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 8:29am

RIO GRANDE VALLEY - There is still no sign in the Valley of the cantaloupe borne illness, Listeria, that has hit other parts of the state and nation.

So far two people in north Texas have died and twelve other victims have been hospitalized. The San Antonio area experienced its first confirmed case on Wednesday resulting in the hospitalization of a 48 year-old man. Around the United States, at least 16 deaths in 18 states have been attributed to cantaloupe bacteria and the state's Health Department says the bacteria is associated with flu like symptoms, including diarrhea and fever. No cases have been reported yet in the Valley.

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