The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating the cause of the listeria outbreak across six states in the United States. The US CDC has issued an advisory for the people who consume Deli meat, including lunch meats, cold cuts, and hot dogs.
The older individuals above 65 years, pregnant women, and those with weak immune system are at higher risk of getting Listeria disease. In the advisory, the US CDC has asked the people not to consume cheese or meat from any deli counter in the six US states, and if they already has deli meats in their fridge, they can consume it after heating the meat at 165 degrees Fahrenheit temperature.
According to CDC reports, 16 people have caught Listeria, and another 13 are hospitalized because of the disease. 7 people were found in New York, 1 in California and New Jersey, 3 in Maryland, and 2 people in Illinois and Massachusetts. Maryland has also reported one death from Listeria Disease.
Most of the Listeria infected patients are between the ages of 38 and 98 years, and around 50 percent of all the reported Listeria cases are men. The US CDC informed me that the number of cases could be higher than reported. Many people who had the disease could have recovered at home without getting any medical attention.
The symptoms of Listeria disease start two weeks after infection, and including diarrhoea and several other gastrointestinal problems like fever, headaches, muscle pain, and stomach aches.