- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - State officials say one person in Washington has been sickened from prepackaged caramel apples linked to several deaths nationwide.

Health Department spokesman Donn Moyer says a Thurston County teen boy was hospitalized. Moyer says no deaths have been reported in the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states are linked to prepackaged caramel apples.

Investigators are trying to determine the specific brands that were involved. But consumers are being warned not to eat prepackaged caramel apples until more is known.

The CDC says it knows of more than two dozen cases in which people were sickened by a form of bacterial food poisoning called listeria, with at least 26 hospitalized. They got sick between Oct. 17 and Nov. 27.


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