Published: Mon, April 22, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

1 dead, 8 sickened in multistate Listeria outbreak

1 dead, 8 sickened in multistate Listeria outbreak

One Michigander has died of listeria after an outbreak of the infection, which has been linked to sliced meats and cheeses.

Officials say eight people were hospitalized in four states (Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania), including one death reported from Michigan.

In the current outbreak, patients reported eating sliced deli meats and cheeses before becoming ill.

In their recent analysis of deli meats, Consumer Reports says they identified listeria in a sample of sliced turkey purchased at a New York City deli.

If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state's health department.

Pregnant women and their newborns, adults age 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to get sick with Listeria infection.

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No single, common supplier of deli products has been identified.

Attorney Fred Pritzker, who has represented many clients sickened with listeriosis in lawsuits, said, "There's a reason there's zero tolerance for this pathogen in ready-to-eat foods".

For more information, check the CDC advisory here.

One person has died in MI from the listeria outbreak. It can cause fever and diarrhea similar to other foodborne illnesses.

Once inside the central nervous system, Listeria can cause infections in the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (known as meningitis), or the brain itself (known as encephalitis). The public health agency also stated that store-opened packages of meat sliced at local delis should not be kept longer than five days in the refrigerator. However, retailers should clean and sanitize deli slicers frequently, as well as areas where deli products are prepared, stored or served to avoid cross contamination. "This outbreak is a reminder that people at higher risk for severe Listeria infection should handle deli-sliced meats and cheeses carefully to prevent illness". However, infections during pregnancy can be unsafe and lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn. Symptoms typically start about one to four weeks after eating the food and range from fever and flu-like symptoms to headache, stiff neck and convulsions.

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