The elderly Baton Rouge woman who died over the weekend from listeria has been identified by her family.
Elaine F. Babcock, 87, died Saturday “from complications of listeria, a bacterial infection,” according to a written statement from the family.
The statement said Babcock became sick six days before she died.
“We do not know how or when she contracted listeria or what foods she might have consumed that might have been responsible,” the statement said.
The epidemiologist for the state Department of Heath and Hospitals, Dr. Raoult Ratard, said Monday the woman who died liked and ate cantaloupe, but medical officials have no idea if the woman ate tainted cantaloupe connected to illnesses and deaths around the U.S.
Department spokeswoman Lisa Faust said Sunday that epidemiologists are investigating whether tainted cantaloupe is connected to Babcock’s death.
Cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Colorado has been linked to more than 80 illnesses and as many as 17 deaths in 19 states.
State 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.