Source of Article: http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2008/09/24/listeriosis-family.html
The mother of the six-week-old girl who died after being diagnosed with listerioisis says she feels betrayed by the food system she blames for making her sick.
Six-week-old Alexiss McDonald-Moose died last week. Her mother, Rachel McDonald, says medical officials told her that her daughter contracted listeriosis while still in the womb.
Dr. Joel Kettner,
During a medical checkup before her daughter was born, McDonald said concerns were raised about her nutrition, and a nurse advised her to eat meat.
Although she had not eaten meat since a previous bout of food poisoning, McDonald said she went out of her way to eat meat on the nurse's advice.
"I never used to eat meat until the nurse told me I had to start consuming meat. She told me that peanut butter wasn't good enough, that I had to side it with meat, so I said OK, and I bought sub mix for subs … because I don't like hamburger or chicken or nothing," she told CBC News on Wednesday.
"I forced myself to eat subs to try to get that meat in me. And I ate that. And my first time ever trusting meat in my life since I got food-poisoned, this is what happens to us."
She now feels betrayed and angry, she said.
"I'm mad about it," she said. "I would like them to sterilize all the equipment that they use and make sure that this doesn't happen to anybody else, because it's so hard," she said, breaking into tears.
McDonald's partner, Trenton Moose, is also outraged at a food system that he believes failed his family.
"I just think they should make better precautions for stuff like this," he said.
"I clean a knife after I cut a piece [of] meat with it. I don't put it in the drawer for four more days after I cut up meat and think that it's still good to use the next day. This is ridiculous."
Kettner said lab tests have yet to confirm
whether Alexiss's death is from the same strain of
Listeria monocytogenes that was the underlying cause
of death for 18 people across
Volunteers in Nelson House,
Public Health Agency of
To date, there have 48 confirmed cases and nine suspected cases of listeriosis connected to the Maple Leaf strain. Listeriosis was the underlying cause of death in 18 of those confirmed cases and is suspected in seven other cases.
Alexiss's is the fourth case of listeriosis
On average, four cases of listeriosis are reported in
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