A 61-year-old Curry County woman is among three fatal cases attributed to listeria infection, according to a New Mexico Department of Health press release issued Monday.
The state health department has identified nine cases of listeria infection throughout the state.
Preliminary results have identified cantaloupe as the likely source of the outbreak, since all nine patients hospitalized, in addition to 11 cases in Colorado, consumed cantaloupe.
The two other fatal cases were a 93-year-old man and a 63-year-old man, both from Bernalillo County.
Symptoms of listeriosis can include fever and muscle aches, and also can include diarrhea, headache, stiff neck, confusion, and convulsions.
The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems, and also can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
The other hospitalized cases in New Mexico are in Bernalillo, Chaves, Otero, De Baca and Lea counties.
The infected people range in age from the 43 to 96, with illness contracted as early as Aug. 20.
New Mexico’s cases are pending molecular fingerprinting laboratory tests at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to see if they are part of the same outbreak.