Listeria Outbreak in Florida. According to a recently released CDC report, listeria disease has left one person dead while more than two dozen Are infected. As of June 29, 23 cases of Listeria disease were reported.
A bacterial infectious disease called Listeria has been reported in about a dozen states (Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania), resulting in one death. At the same time, 23 people have been hospitalized.
What causes Listeria?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said no specific food source had been identified as the cause of the outbreak, but genetic findings showed that the sick people became ill from eating almost the same type of food. Listeria infection is reported from people living in Florida or who moved to Florida about a month before becoming ill
The CDC said the 12 sick people lived in Florida, two in New York and Massachusetts, while one in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania had a sick person.
The average age of people suffering from Listeria disease can be 72 years. According to the CDC Report, 65 years and older are four times more likely to be infected with Listeria disease, and the chances of getting it are high. In addition, pregnant women are more likely to be infected.
Symptoms of Listeria
According to the CDC report, a person suffering from Listeria infection may experience symptoms such as fever, headache, neck stiffness, confusion, loss of balance, muscle aches, and convulsions.
In addition, the CDC asked patients suffering from Listeria to note down what they ate a month ago to help them know their symptoms.
Where did listeria bacteria leave?
According to the CDC, listeria bacteria live in dust, animal wounds, soil, water, and other substances. You can get sick if you eat food that carries them.
Preventive Measures For Listeriosis
- Wash raw vegetables before eating.
- Avoid raw (unpasteurized) milk or foods made from raw milk.
- Wash hands, knives, and cutting boards after handling uncooked foods.
- Cook until steaming hot left-over foods
About 1,600 people are infected with Listeria disease each year in the United States, resulting in 260 deaths. Examination of patients with the disease revealed that they reported such symptoms one to four weeks after eating contaminated food.
NOTE : All This Information Are Gathered From The Official Report of CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention )