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Listeria cases continue to rise

Rockmelons supplied by a regional NSW grower have been implicated in a listeria outbreak that has claimed the lives of four people and sickened 17 others across four states.

Immunocompromised people and those aged over 65 years who are at a greater risk from listeria infections are advised to monitor their health if they consumed melons prior to the recall on February 28. All affected melons have been withdrawn from sale and distribution; the rockmelons now available are not affected. But if consumers are not sure of the origins of a rockmelon they should put it in the waste bin to avoid further contamination. 

Listeria begins with flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhoea, which can take days or weeks to appear following the consumption of contaminated produce.