1 death, 13 hospitalized for listeria outbreak linked to Deli Meat
One person died, one person had a miscarriage due to the listeria epidemic, and more than a dozen people were infected nationwide. Health officials say no definitive cause has been identified other than being linked to deli meats and cheese.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that 16 confirmed listeria outbreak cases were reported from six states. There are seven cases in New York, three in Maryland, two in Illinois and Massachusetts, and one each in New Jersey and California. The first case was reported on 17 April 2021 and the latest on 29 September 2022.
Of the 16 patients, 13 were hospitalized. One person was reported dead in Maryland, and one sick person became ill during pregnancy, resulting in a miscarriage.
The actual number of cases is likely higher, according to the CDC. Because people can recover from listeriosis without medical care, outbreaks may not be confined to other states.
Local and state public health officials are interviewing people about the foods they ate before they got sick, according to the CDC. Of the 12 people she interviewed, 11 reported eating meat and cheese at the deli counter. Five of her seven who got sick in New York bought sliced deli meats or cheeses from the international grocery chain He NetCost Market.
However, health investigators said the NetCost Market deli was the only source of the outbreak, as no specific source of infection had yet been confirmed and some of those who got sick did not shop at the grocery store. I don’t think so.
“It is difficult for researchers to pinpoint a single food product as the source of an outbreak associated with deli meats and cheeses. “Because it can last for a long time on the device,” the CDC said. “Contaminated food likely brought the outbreak strain of Listeria to delis in multiple states.”
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In addition to less serious bowel ailments that can cause diarrhea and vomiting but usually resolve on their own without antibiotic treatment, the CDC says Listeria can cause serious illness. says. Symptoms usually start within 2 weeks after he eats the contaminated food, but may start on the same day or as late as 10 weeks after he eats it. Pregnant women, newborns, and adults over the age of 65 are at higher risk of severe illness because it can cause miscarriage or premature birth.
Health officials have advised people at high risk of listeria infection, namely those who are pregnant, over the age of 65 or have weakened immune systems, to not eat meat or cheese from a deli counter unless the internal temperature has been reheated to 165 degrees. We also recommend that you clean your refrigerator, containers, and surfaces that may have come in contact with deli meats and cheeses.
If you or someone you know feels they are experiencing severe symptoms of Listeria, they are encouraged to call their healthcare provider.
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