Listeria Outbreak in Deli Meats Leads to Hospitalizations and Death

Listeria Outbreak in Deli Meats Leads to Hospitalizations and Death

(HorizonPost.com) – The CDC has issued a notification of an outbreak of listeria in multiple states that’s responsible for at least 10 hospitalizations and 1 death. It appears to be linked to Italian-style deli meats like prosciutto and salami, although authorities have not been able to identify the specific brand.

Listeria is a bacteria that may sometimes form on improperly processed meat and in products made from unpasteurized milk. According to the Mayo Clinic website it “can survive refrigeration and even freezing,” and advises people at high risk for serious infections should avoid those types of products.

It does not pose much of a danger to the generally healthy population, but it can be fatal to certain groups. That includes babies — newborn and unborn — and people with weakened immune systems. Though, getting on a course of antibiotics quickly is the key to minimizing risk.

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