An elderly Baton Rouge woman died over the weekend after contracting listeria, State Department of Heath and Hospitals State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard said Monday.
Department spokeswoman Lisa Faust said Sunday that epidemiologists are investigating whether tainted cantaloupe linked to more than 80 illnesses and as many as 17 deaths in 19 states is connected to the Baton Rouge woman’s death.
Ratard said the woman who died over the weekend ate cantaloupe but medical officials have no idea if the woman ate the tainted cantaloupe or if there is a connection.
Cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Colorado has been linked to the deaths and illnesses all over the country.
Louisiana’s Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said Friday that Jensen Farms had added Louisiana to its recall list for cantaloupes shipped between July 29 and Sept. 10.