Listeria outbreak linked to deli meats causing hospitalizations in Massachusetts, two other states



CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to deli meats.

10 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria have been reported from Florida, Massachusetts, and New York.

All 10 ill people were hospitalized. One death has been reported from Florida.

7 of the cases are from Massachusetts.

Epidemiologic evidence shows that deli meat is a likely source of this outbreak.

In interviews with 9 ill people, all reported eating Italian-style meats, such as salami, mortadella, and prosciutto. They reported purchasing prepackaged deli meats and meats sliced at deli counters at various locations.

A specific type of deli meat and common supplier have not yet been identified.

You are at higher risk for getting sick with Listeria if you are pregnant, aged 65 years or older, or have a weakened immune system.

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