Source of Article: http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2008/09/16/nb-listeria.html
The woman, who was in her early
80s and lived in a nursing home, died in a
New Brunswick Health Department
officials said an examination of specimens from the woman matched the listeria strain in a deadly outbreak that spurred Maple
Leaf to recall virtually of all the products produced at a
Listeriosis may have been a contributing factor to the woman's death but she was already seriously ill with other health complications at time, officials said.
At a press conference on Tuesday, officials said that an investigation into the death revealed that the nursing home had served a product that has since been recalled. But it is not clear if the woman ate the food or contracted the illness elsewhere.
Health officials said they will not identify the nursing home that the woman was in and residents and family at the nursing home also are not being informed.
This was the first case of listeriosis reported in
Listeria monocytogenes can be found in unpasteurized dairy products, raw vegetables and meats, and processed foods including deli meats and hot dogs. Ingesting the bacteria can cause serious illness including brain and blood infections that can lead to death. The elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems are the most vulnerable.
Some of the flu-like symptoms of listeriosis are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe headaches, stiff neck and fever. It can take up to 70 days for symptoms to appear after the contaminated food is consumed.
Hospitals, long-term care
facilities and schools have been notified of the recall, said Dr. Eilish Cleary,
Checks have also been conducted to ensure that recalled products have been removed from those facilities, Cleary said Tuesday.
"I would like to remind the public to be vigilant about products on the recall list, and to go through their fridges and freezers to remove and throw out any of these food items," she said.
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