1 dead, nearly two dozen sickened in listeria outbreak linked to Florida
Share this @internewscast.com


At least 23 people from across the U.S. have been sickened in a listeria outbreak which may have originated in Florida, federal health officials reported Thursday. One person has died, and another suffered a pregnancy loss.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that cases have been reported in 10 states. All of the patients either live in Florida, or traveled there about a month before getting sick. The exact source of the outbreak is unknown.

One person in Illinois died after contracting the disease, the CDC said. Five of the people were pregnant, one of whom lost the fetus.

Listeria, a bacterial infection caused by eating contaminated food, is most dangerous to those who are pregnant, people over 65, and those with compromised immune systems, the CDC said. It has a fatality rate of 20%, according to the agency, and also causes fetal loss in 20% of cases among pregnant patients. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea and nausea, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you are at high risk and experiencing these symptoms, particularly if you have recently traveled to Florida, the CDC says to contact your healthcare provider.

There are about 1,600 listeria cases reported annually in the U.S., the CDC said.

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration announced that cheeses produced by a Kansas City, Missouri, company were recalled in nine states because of a possible listeria contamination. 

Share this @internewscast.com
You May Also Like

Health alert issued as vulnerable people set to suffer from bone-dry 97F heat

Friends, family and neighbours are being urged to check on older people…

When will Americans feel the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act?

The House moved Friday to pass a sweeping climate and health care…

How to live longer: Tomatoes can reduce your risk of stroke by 59%

When your body starts holding onto extra fluid that also puts extra…

The Best Proteins for Lowering Cholesterol, Says Dietitian — Eat This Not That

Getting enough protein in your daily diet is crucial for your overall…

Bill Turnbull: ‘I’m not going to let it win’ Classic FM star on ‘bumpy’ cancer journey

Admitting that he absolutely loves the radio show that he has been…

Heart disease: Getting vitamin D from sun could reduce risk – study

Taylor said: “A 2015 Scottish study, part funded by the BHF, showed…

The first monkeypox vaccines have arrived in Australia. What do we know about the jab and who is eligible? | Health

The first monkeypox vaccines have arrived in Australia, with the rollout commencing…

Dementia: Engaging in mental, physical and social activities may reduce risk

Worldwide, around 55 million people have dementia, with over 60 percent living…