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Listeria outbreak caused by cheese kills Nebraskan

A listeria outbreak that has killed one Nebraskan continues to trouble national public health authorities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week reported two new cases in California. The listeria outbreak involves a specific kind of ricotta cheese.

A Nebraska Health Department spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that listeria contributed in late July to the death of a west-central Nebraska woman in her 80s. State authorities couldn’t determine whether the woman had eaten ricotta salata cheese.

Last month Frescolina Marte ricotta salata cheese was recalled from stores throughout the country. Ricotta salata cheese is dried and salted.

The CDC said last week that 20 cases have been identified in 13 states, including 19 hospitalizations and four deaths.

Listeriosis is a bacterial infection that is generally transmitted to humans through contaminated food. Last year a nationwide listeria outbreak was caused by Colorado-grown cantaloupe.

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