Manitoba infant dies of listeriosis

Winnipeg Free Press

Published: Thursday, September 18, 2008

 

Source of Article:  http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/story.html?id=db0d54ba-f1b0-4a4c-9c96-044027ca4c39

WINNIPEG - A Manitoba infant has died from listeriosis, Manitoba's chief medical officer confirmed Thursday.

Health officials are investigating the death of an infant from the Burntwood health region in northern Manitoba.

It's not known whether the case is connected to the current national outbreak linked to meat products from a Maple Leaf Foods plant Toronto, which has resulted in 17 confirmed deaths nationwide.

Health officials haven't disclosed the age of the child or when the infant died, but are expected to release more details later Thursday.

Health officials suspect the infant had an underlying medical condition, which may have made the child more susceptible to severe symptoms from listeria bacteria.

The infant is Manitoba's fourth case of listeriosis reported this year, and the second death.

Listeriosis is caused by an infection in the blood or spinal fluid and can be associated with symptoms like high fever, stiff neck and significant weakness that can result in death.

 

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