Everything About Mysterious Multi-State Listeria Outbreak

Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes

Listeria is most likely to sicken pregnant people and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.

Other people can be infected with Listeria, but they rarely become seriously ill.

At least 23 people in 10 states have been sickened and one of them has died in a listeria outbreak

According to CDC, 20 among these 23 patients have direct or indirect links to Florida.

The are either the residents of Florida or traveled to Florida the month before they became ill

One of the infected died in Illinois, while 22 were hospitalized. Five women became sick during their pregnancies and one experienced a pregnancy loss.

The other states involved in the outbreak are Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

The true tally in the outbreak is likely higher because it typically takes three to four weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak, so more recent cases may still be coming, the CDC said.


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