East Coast Listeria outbreak linked to Italian-style deli meats

Henrietta Brewer
October 26, 2020

A Listeria outbreak has sickened 10 people across three states, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes deli meats are the cause.

All 10 people were hospitalized and one death has been reported from Florida.

The majority of the cases tied to the outbreak (seven) have been in MA, while two people have been hospitalized in NY, and one person in Florida has died.

The ill people have reported eating Italian-style meats, such as salami, mortadella, and prosciutto.

State and local public health officials interviewed ill people about the foods they ate in the month before they became ill.

Clean: Wash your hands after handling deli meats.

The CDC has not yet determined a specific brand, type of meat, or supplier as the source of the outbreak.

What to know about Listeria?

While the investigation is going on to identify the reason behind the recent Listeria outbreak, CDC advised people who are at extreme risk for infection to avoid eating deli meat if it is not thoroughly heated first.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns.

What are the symptoms if the infection spreads to the nervous system? . However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn. If a pregnant woman gets affected by the infection, they can experience only fever and other flu-like symptoms, like fatigue and muscle aches.

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