Kansas health officials are investigating whether eight reported cases of listeria — including two deaths — are related to contaminated cantaloupe from Colorado.


Kansas health officials are investigating whether eight reported cases of listeria — including two deaths — are related to contaminated cantaloupe from Colorado.

State officials said Thursday that at least eight people in Kansas have become ill from the bacteria since Aug. 26. Two people have died.

Health department spokeswoman Barbara Hersh says none of the cases have been definitely linked to cantaloupe from Colorado. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says as to Thursday, there are 55 confirmed cases in 14 states of people sickened by the cantaloupes.

The first six Kansas cases were reported Aug. 26, with the other reports Sept. 16 and 20.

The Hutchinson News reports (http://bit.ly/nqdDGh) that Hersh said additional laboratory testing to determine the source of the Kansas cases is pending.