The Snack that Bites Back

The holidays have come and gone, and what better way to ring in a new year than with sugary sweets and infectious diseases?

According to the CDC, more than 20 cases of Listeria monocytogenes in the United States have been liked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples. At least four, possibly five cases of this epidemic have been fatal.

The CDC has also revealed that older adults, pregnant women, infants and adults with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to this infection and are being advised to steer clear of prepackaged candy and caramel apples.

Try not to stress too much about that binge you had on Halloween, but some additional scary news: Listeria symptoms could begin up to 70 days after taking your first bite of the contaminated apple.

To fight Listeria, the CDC asks that while you enjoy your savory treats, remember the proper way food should be cooked, stored and prepared with limited germ and bacteria interaction.

2015 may be the year to embrace mainstream candy and pick up a chocolate bar, before falling prey to a poisoned apple.

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