BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA) -- An 87-year-old woman is the latest victim to die from eating Listeria-tainted canteloupe but investigators do not know where the woman got the produce, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
The death occured in Baltimore late in August, prior to the recall of Listeria-tainted melon from a Colorado farm, the source said.
The Maryland woman was the eighth person to die in the U.S. in the latest outbreak of tainted produce.
Citing confidentiality rules, Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would not confirm specific information about the patient. The department would only identify the victim as a central Maryland resident who ate the melon before falling ill and dying last month. Officials say listeria from the patient matches DNA patterns associated with outbreak strain, but no other Maryland cases appear to be linked.
Dr. Clifford Mitchell, the department's assistant director for environmental health food protection, says so far officials don't have any indication that recalled Colorado-grown cantaloupe came to Maryland, but they are making sure distributors know about the recall. He says investigators are looking at locations where the tainted food may have been purchased.