State health officials say Kansas has eight cases of listeria, and five cases match the multi-state outbreak linked to cantaloupe from Colorado.


State health officials say Kansas has eight cases of listeria, and five cases match the multi-state outbreak linked to cantaloupe from Colorado.

The Centers for Disease Control on Thursday confirmed that five of the cases were linked to the cantaloupe.

KDHE says in a release that two of the eight people have died. The causes of death are being investigated.

Sedgwick County spokeswoman Amanda Matthews told The Wichita Eagle that (http://bit.ly/qMNF7y) that the county has three confirmed cases of listeria, and that one person has died. She said it's unclear if listeria is the cause of death, but that it's being investigated.

She said all three Sedgwick County residents had underlying medical conditions.

Nationwide, 55 people in 14 states have been infected in the outbreak, and eight people have died.