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Rockmelon listeria outbreak: Fourth person dies from eating contaminated fruit

March 8, 2018
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A fourth person has died from listeria contracted from eating contaminated rockmelons, Victorian health authorities have confirmed.

The latest death means two people from NSW and two from Victoria have been killed by the outbreak, linked to a farm in southern NSW.

The ABC understands the latest listeriosis victim died more than a week ago but the cause of death was only confirmed on Tuesday.

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
“This latest case has only just been linked to the outbreak as a result of our microbiological testing,” Victoria’s deputy chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton said.

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Published by ABC News, 7/3/2018