If the latest reports are to be considered, then the USDA, FDA, and CDC are recently investigating the outbreak of four-state of Listeria.
According to the reports, a total of 8 people have been hospitalized with one Michigan person being dead. The outbreak is currently active in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
As far as the notice from the CDC is concerned, the evidence of epidemiology and laboratory indicates that cheeses and meats sliced at the deli counters can be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This might make individuals sick.
People who are affected by the outbreak have consumed different brands and types of deli cheeses and meats in several locations. However, not a single supplier has been identified.
According to what CDC says, it is not recommending retailers to stop selling products by deli. Neither it is asking customers to avoid eating or buying deli-sliced cheese or meat.
Nevertheless, retailers must know how to clean deli slicers. They should also know how to clean the areas when these products are served or stored in order to avoid cross-contamination.
The ones having a higher risk for Listeria infection (say, for example, newborns or pregnant women) and the ones suffering from weak immune systems must consider either avoiding these deli products or heating to the internal temperature of around 165 degrees just to kill listeriosis.
The symptoms of listeria are flu-like, and these also include stiff neck, fatigue, vomiting, fever, confusion, muscle aches, and diarrhea.
In case you believe that you have consumed the affected products or experiencing symptoms and signs, then you should pay closer attention and contact the healthcare provider.
As a matter of fact, the outbreak is under investigation lately. So if you wish to know more, then keep watching this space.
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