A Listeria outbreak has prompted almost two dozen diseases, with most of the sufferers dwelling in or having traveled to Florida. One particular person died whereas a pregnant affected person skilled “fetal loss.”
A complete of 23 folks have been contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak pressure as of Wednesday, in line with the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC).
The diseases had been reported from 10 states. Twelve of the instances had been reported in Florida, whereas eight of the sufferers who didn’t reside in Florida additionally reported touring to the state within the month earlier than they acquired sick.
That stated, “the importance of that is nonetheless below investigation,” the CDC famous.
Twenty-two (96%) of the sufferers needed to be hospitalized, with one dying reported from Illinois. 5 of the sufferers additionally fell in poor health throughout their being pregnant. One in every of them skilled a “fetal loss.”
Because the CDC defined, pregnant folks and their newborns, older adults and people who have weakened immune methods are most prone to getting sick with Listeria. In pregnant folks, it could lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or untimely supply although the sickness itself might solely be delicate. Their newborns may additionally expertise a “life-threatening an infection.”
Whereas different folks could be contaminated with Listeria as properly, they “hardly ever change into significantly in poor health.”
“The true variety of sick folks in an outbreak is probably going increased than the quantity reported, and the outbreak might not be restricted to the states with identified diseases,” the CDC defined. “As well as, current diseases might not but be reported because it normally takes 3 to 4 weeks to find out if a sick particular person is a part of an outbreak.”
Outcomes of whole-genome sequencing counsel that the sufferers “possible acquired sick from the identical meals.” Authorities are nonetheless conducting investigations and interviews to find out what the sufferers might have eaten earlier than they acquired sick.
“Thus far, a typical meals merchandise has not been recognized,” the CDC stated.
As such, the company is urging anybody who might have signs of Listeria to record the meals they keep in mind consuming within the month earlier than they acquired sick to assist “clear up the outbreak.”
Signs of Listeriosis could also be flu-like in pregnant folks. In those that aren’t pregnant, the signs might embody headache, fever, stiff neck, convulsions, lack of steadiness, confusion and muscle aches. They might additionally expertise meals poisoning signs similar to diarrhea.
In accordance with the CDC, signs of “extreme sickness” sometimes start about two weeks after consuming the contaminated meals. However there are additionally instances by which the signs are reported “as early as the identical day or as late as 70 days after.”
“If you’re at increased threat for Listeria an infection and have signs, particularly if you happen to just lately traveled to Florida, discuss to your healthcare supplier,” the CDC famous.