Date Published: Friday, January 30th, 2009
Source of Article: http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/4651
outbreak has been reported in
Dr. Rick Holley of the Department of Food Science
Holley explained that because the immune system is stressed during pregnancy and because white blood cell counts drops, the listeria pathogen can run amok. “It goes to two places,” Holley said. “The brain—causing meningitis—or the placenta and sets up shop. It will infect the placenta and may infect the fetus or it may not. If it infects the fetus, [spontaneous] abortion results. But if it doesn’t and it just infects the placenta, during delivery [the child] will become affected,” quoted Medill. CBS2Chicago reported that all three women reported having eaten soft cheeses; however, according to Medill Reports, no confirmation has been made about the exact source of the outbreak.
“It is very important that pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems avoid eating foods that are more likely to contain the Listeria bacteria, such as soft cheeses—including Brie, feta, and Mexican style soft or semi-soft cheese—unless the product clearly states it is made with pasteurized milk,” Dr. Damon state director of public health, said, reported Medill. “Although anyone can become sick from eating food contaminated with bacteria, pregnant women, newborns, and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk,” he added.
All three listeriosis cases tested positive for the same DNA pattern reported MyStateLine, which explained that listeria can be found in raw foods, such as uncooked meats and vegetables; processed foods that become contaminated after processing, such as cheese and cold cuts at the deli counter; and unpasteurized, or raw, milk or foods made from raw milk.
can develop in days or weeks and can vary from a mild flu-like illness to
meningitis and septicemia; pregnant women can experience anything from
miscarriage, still birth, or birth of an infected child. Pregnant women
are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected, with about one-third
of listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy;
the incidence of listeriosis in newborns is 8.6 per
100,000 live births and the perinatal and neonatal
mortality rate (stillbirths and early infant deaths) is 80 percent.
Those with compromised immune systems—such as people undergoing chemotherapy
treatment or those diagnosed with HIV/AIDs and
hepatitis—the very young, and the very old are also at risk. Healthy
individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe
headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In the
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