Listeria-Tainted Deli Meats Sicken 16 People Across 6 States
Listeria bacteria linked to deli meats and cheeses has infected 16 people, hospitalizing 13 and killing one. An infected person who was pregnant lost their pregnancy as result of the illness. Listeria infection can also lead to premature birth or severe illness of infants. However, the most common symptoms of listeria for pregnant people are fever, fatigue and muscle aches. People who are not pregnant may develop a fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle aches, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions. When a severe illness occurs, symptoms usually show up within 2 weeks of eating the food. However, symptoms have been known to begin the same day and up to 10 weeks after ingesting the listeria.
Health officials continue to investigate the exact source(s) of the outbreak, attempting to pinpoint any specific delis or products. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises people who are pregnant, age 65 and older or immunocompromised to avoid eating products from the deli counter (unless it is reheated to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot).