- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona health officials say a newborn baby is among four people in the state who have been sickened by listeria connected with tainted caramel apples.

Jessica Rigler of the Arizona Department of Health Services says there have been no deaths here.

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

Rigler says the first Arizona case appeared in mid-October and the last person infected reported symptoms on Nov. 19. Listeria infections take from a few days to 70 days to appear so more cases could be identified.

The elderly, chronically ill and infants are most susceptible to the food-borne bacteria. Babies can catch the disease from their mothers while still in the womb.

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