According to press reports, the death earlier this month of a western Nebraska man has been linked to a multi-state outbreak of listeria, state health officials announced Friday. A statement from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said tests showed the man in his 80s had contracted a strain of listeria that has been linked to cantaloupes recalled by a Colorado farm.
In addition to the death, Nebraska health officials have confirmed six cases of listeriosis. All of the sick Nebraska residents have been or are hospitalized.
The outbreak has been traced to cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado which has recalled the tainted produce.