(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.
OUTBREAK ALERT: 10 people hospitalized in a Listeria outbreak linked to deli meats. A specific brand/type of deli meat has not yet been identified. If you are at higher risk of getting sick from Listeria, avoid eating deli meat unless heated to 165°F. https://t.co/tWkcYaZmUS pic.twitter.com/IE3siP1wQ3
— CDC (@CDCgov) October 23, 2020
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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