Published Date: 2005-07-07 23:50:00
Subject: PRO/EDR> Listeriosis - USA (NY)
Archive Number: 20050707.1925
LISTERIOSIS - USA (NEW YORK)
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Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005
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Source: WSTM / NBC3 News [edited]
Listeriosis outbreak in Syracuse area
3 Syracuse-area residents have been diagnosed with listeriosis -- a rare
and potentially fatal bacterial disease caused by eating contaminated food.
Onondaga County health officials say the 3 -- ages 48, 70, and 77 -- have
been hospitalized and one is "quite ill." Officials have yet to determine
the source of the infection.
Listeria is found in soil and water. Unpasteurized milk and cheeses have
been associated with outbreaks in the past. The disease is not contagious
and can be treated with antibiotics.
[_L. monocytogenes_ has been associated with such foods as raw milk,
supposedly pasteurized fluid milk, cheeses (particularly soft-ripened
varieties), ice cream, raw vegetables, fermented raw-meat sausages, cold
cuts, raw and cooked poultry, raw meats (all types), and raw and smoked
fish. Its ability to grow at temperatures as low as 3 degrees C permits
multiplication in refrigerated foods.
Recalls related to contamination with _L. monocytogenes_ occur
frequently. Whether this cluster of cases in upstate New York is related
to food from a previous recall -- where some of the contaminated food was
not recalled from a consumer or from a soon-to-be-discovered food -- is yet
to be determined. - Mod.LL]