State health officials confirm at least four Nebraskans are sick with a food-borne illness that was likely caused by Colorado-grown melons.
The four people all have listeriosis and a fifth case is suspected. All of the patients are elderly and all have been or are still in the hospital. Two of them are in Douglas County, with one each in Gage and Hitchcock counties.
Health officials have linked the outbreak to Rocky Ford cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Granada, Colorado. A recall is underway. Symptoms of lysteria include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea.
The state health department offers a few tips to keep food safe:
Rinse raw fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running tap water before eating
Keep uncooked meats separate from fruits and vegetables, cooked foods and ready-to-eat foods
Wash hands, knives, countertops and cutting boards after handling and preparing uncooked foods
Maintain your refrigerator at 40 degrees F. or lower and clean the inside walls and shelves with hot water and liquid soap