A second person in Louisiana has died from listeria, the Department of Health and Hospitals said in a news release.
DHH epidemiologists determined that an 81-year-old woman from Shreveport, whose name was not released, had the same strain of listeria found in recalled cantaloupes produced by Jensen Farms in Colorado, the release says.
The woman had cantaloupe in her refrigerator, but relatives told DHH officials they are unsure if she had eaten it, the release says.
The department is still investigating the listeria-linked death last weekend of an elderly Baton Rouge woman, the release says.
Jensen Farms issued a news release Sept. 27 saying it was recalling cantaloupes from Louisiana, Indiana and Wisconsin after issuing a recall earlier that month for cantaloupes in 17 other states, the release says.
DHH was notified on Sept. 30 of the recall in Louisiana, the release says.
DHH warned consumers to check stickers on whole cantaloupes before purchasing them.
The recalled whole cantaloupes have a green and white sticker that says, “Product of USA-Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford- Cantaloupe,” or a gray, yellow and green sticker that reads, “Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords,” the release says.