Fatal listeria outbreak linked to deli meat, cheese: CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday warned that an outbreak of listeria linked to deli meats and cheese has killed one person and hospitalized 13 others.

The outbreak, which has infected a total of 16 people so far, has been detected in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois and California, according to the CDC’s latest update.

According to CDC data, 7 out of 16 diseases were found in New York.

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But officials warned that the actual number of sick people was likely higher than the reported number, and that the outbreak may not be limited to the states mentioned above.

So far, meat and cheese purchased at deli counters in multiple states are “likely to be the cause of this outbreak,” according to the CDC. are known sources of listeriosis.

The CDC said the bacteria “can be easily spread between food and the deli environment and persist in deli display cases and equipment for long periods of time, thus identifying a single food item in an outbreak involving deli meats and cheeses. It is difficult.”

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Local public health officials have already interviewed more than a dozen people. Eleven of them, he reported, ate meat and cheese from the deli counter.

Five of the seven people who got sick in New York told health officials they had purchased sliced ​​deli meat or cheese from at least one location in the grocery chain NetCost Market.

U.S. health officials said at least one death was linked to an outbreak of Listeria food poisoning linked to sliced ​​deli meats and cheese. This left 16 people sick in six states, including 13 hospitalized. (AP, Files/Elizabeth White/CDC via AP Newsroom)


However, the CDC said, “Researchers do not believe that Netcost Market’s deli is the sole cause of illness, because some sick people in the outbreak did not shop at Netcost Market.” Because there was not,” he added, adding, “It is highly likely that the contaminated food was infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria.” Delis in multiple states.

According to the CDC, the elderly, pregnant, and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of severe illness.

Even healthy people can suffer from mild food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea and fever, officials said.

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