A Listeria outbreak has sickened 10 people across 3 states, which may have come from contaminated deli meats, according to the CDC.

Amid COVID-19, Americans also need to worry about food poisoning. A few months ago, it was Salmonella. Now, a Listeria outbreak has poisoned ten people in three states. The CDC believes tainted deli meats sickened the victims. 

Listeria in the US

CNN reports that the CDC warned people about Listeria on Friday. Currently, the outbreak has sent ten people to hospitals in Florida, Massachusetts, and New York. In Florida, one person has died.

The CDC said that deli meats might have caused the outbreak. Of the victims, nine ate Italian-style meats, such as salami. However, the CDC still doesn’t know whether the bacteria came from one meat type or a common supplier.  

The Victims

Most of the victims were female, and their median age was 81. CNN stressed that getting a severe illness from Listeria was unlikely. However, people over 65 years old are more vulnerable. Pregnant women and people with weak immune systems are also at risk.

If you get Listeria while pregnant, you might suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature delivery. Your newborn’s life could also be in danger. 

How to Know If You Get Listeria

If you get Listeria, you’ll get a fever, muscle aches, headaches, confusion, and loss of balance. You’ll feel these symptoms from one to four weeks after eating contaminated food. 

The CDC warns people to avoid eating deli meats. If you still want to eat them, heat them thoroughly first. You must also store these meats in your fridge. Keep them away from other food. Moreover, keep your surfaces clean.  

Before, hard boiled eggs, mushrooms, and soft cheeses caused Listeria outbreaks.

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