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Caramel apples could be carrying deadly listeria bacteria

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Prepackaged caramel apples could be carrying the bacteria listeria. Prepackaged caramel apples could be carrying the bacteria listeria.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The CDC is warning Washington about a deadly listeriosis outbreak. They believe that prepackaged caramel apples could be carrying the bacteria listeria. Food safety attorney Bill Marler says the CDC and FDA haven't traced the source of the outbreak, or narrowed it down to any brands yet, so the CDC is advising the public to avoid all store-bought caramel apples for now.

He says the bacteria has already made it to Washington, where one boy was hospitalized in Thurston County.

If you've eaten a prepackaged caramel apple in the last two months, Marler has one piece of advice. "The incubation period for this bacteria is 3-70 days, so you really want to watch for signs of illness: vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches. If you're having those symptoms, and you consumed one of these products, you need to get to the doctor. Today."

For more information on listeria, go here: http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/caramel-apples-12-14/index.html

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