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Tests to determine if listeria case linked to Maple Leaf


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The Interior Health Authority has a third case of listeriosis.

Officials discovered the infection in a patient at Kelowna General Hospital Wednesday.

Samples are being sent to the national lab in Winnipeg to determine if the strain matches the outbreak reported this summer and linked to Maple Leaf foods. Lab confirmation will likely take seven to 10 days.

The female patient is older than 65 and has been in hospital for some time due to an existing medical condition.

We have reviewed the patient's history and she has not consumed deli meat while in hospital," said Dr. Rob Parker, the health authority's chief medical officer.

However, she did consume deli meats this summer in the community during the time that the eventual recalled product was still on shelves."

No further information on the woman or her condition is being released to protect her privacy.

Interior Health sees one to two cases of listeriosis infection annually.

Until results come back from the lab, it will not be certain whether this latest case is linked to the outbreak strain, said Parker.

Contaminated products were distributed across Canada from June through to the third week of August. In late August, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall for ready-to-eat deli meats that may have been contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.



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