An outbreak of listeria linked to sliced deli meats has spread to four states including New Jersey, and one person has died from the infection in Michigan, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
A total of eight cases have been reported and all suffered from hospitalizations, the CDC said as of Wednesday. The cases include:
- Michigan – 2
- New Jersey – 1
- New York – 2
- Pennsylvania ̵
No information about the infected patients has been released.
The outbreak is linked to deli sliced meats and cheeses, though no single retailer or brand of meat has been identified as the culprit, the CDC said.
The CDC is not advising consumers to avoid deli products or asking retailers to stop selling deli-sliced products. Symptoms of listeria include muscle aches, diarrhea, fever, headaches, confusion and convulsions.
To prevent the infection , the CDC encourages washing hands after handling deli and lunch meats and cheeses, storage opened packages of meat sliced at a local deli no longer than 3 to 5 days in the fridge, and not allowing juice from lunch meat and hot dog packages to get on Other food or preparation surfaces
Pregnant women, newborns, adults over age 65 and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to get sick with listeriosis, the CDC said.
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