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2nd North Texas Death From Listeria Infection Confirmed

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - Officials say a second North Texas resident who became ill from listeria linked to cantaloupes from a Colorado farm has died.

Texas Department of State Health Services spokeswoman Carrie Williams said Tuesday the two deaths are among 14 cases of listeria illnesses in Texas linked to the outbreak.

On Tuesday heath officials in Tarrant County confirmed two listeria cases there – one of which ended in death.

“Unfortunately one of the individuals, who was an elderly person with multiple medical conditions did expire from this disease,” explained Dr. Sandra Parker with Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH). “The other person, who was middle-aged, they were hospitalized, but they have since been released.”

On Monday, Dallas County health officials reported the death of an 89-year-old Dallas County resident ill from listeria linked to the outbreak.

The outbreak has been traced to cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado, which has recalled the tainted produce. Jensen Farms said the recalled Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes were shipped from July 29 through Sept. 10 to more than a dozen states, including Texas.

So far, there have been a total of 14 confirmed listeria cases, connected with the Colorado cantaloupes, in the state of Texas.

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