2 Cases of Listeria in Illinois Linked to Deli Meats & Cheeses
There's a new advisory from the CDC about an outbreak of listeria in several states including Illinois connected to what they believe are deli meats and cheeses.
The CDC issued a press release today which included the following bulletin:
- Sixteen people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria have been reported from 6 states: California (1), Illinois (2), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (2), New Jersey (1), and New York (7).
They say that the 1 case in Maryland resulted in death.
The CDC reported that "interviews with sick people and laboratory findings show that meat and cheese from deli counters contaminated with Listeria are making people sick."
At this time, they do not have a direct source or provider connected to the listeria outbreak in Illinois so there's no active recall of any products. They advise those who are especially high-risk for severe reactions including those 65 and older or with weak immune systems to "not eat meat or cheese from any deli counter, unless it is reheated to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot."
The CDC estimates that there are over 1,600 cases of listeria annually and 260 result in death.
You can see the entire CDC bulletin for more info on what to watch out for and updates if a product connection is made.